Reality Bites Reviews

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June 17, 2020
...a fairly by-the-numbers setup that's employed to impressively compelling (and relatable) effect by first-time filmmaker Stiller...
August 3, 2019
Reality Bites is a legitimately good movie.
August 3, 2019
A lot has changed between the generations, but Reality Bites asks a question that anyone, of any age, will find familiar: what happens when the life you were promised isn't the life you got?
February 15, 2018
Written with verve and played with grace, Reality Bites is too smart to pass itself off as a definitive statement, but it gets the details delightfully right.
August 28, 2013
Ryder and Hawke bring crucial authenticity to their roles with effortless appeal. You'll find yourself wanting more of these characters than the movie gives you.
August 28, 2013
For all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm.
March 27, 2013
The screenplay by newcomer Helen Childress falls back on familiar formulas too often, but first-time director Ben Stiller keeps the action fast and involving even when you can't help guessing what the next story twist will be.
March 27, 2013
The smart script by 23-year-old newcomer Helen Childress doesn't lose sight of the characters and the issues that affect them and other young adults.
March 27, 2013
However conventional Reality Bites resolves to be, it is always engaging. Best of all, Ryder has her greatest role since Heathers, once again proving herself a seriously funny young actress.
March 27, 2013
The best -- the brilliant -- bits of Reality Bites etch in epigram, anecdote and brittle, dazzling dialogue the inner life of young people who want desperately to believe but haven't decided in what.
March 27, 2013
Among the movie's strengths are the performances, especially that of Ryder, who comes across as bright, beautiful and more delicate than ever before.
September 7, 2011
Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.
January 2, 2011
Comedy about 20-something slackers isn't for kids.
May 9, 2008
A surprisingly sweet romantic comedy debut from Ben Stiller.
May 9, 2008
A romantic heart, caustic wit, and the energy of its fresh cast ensure the film's continued appeal.
August 14, 2007
Although it never became the definitive document of Generation X, Reality Bites is a touchstone for anyone just out of college and stuck with more ideals than job prospects, not to mention a head full of bad-TV trivia.
January 30, 2007
Ben Stiller's feature directorial debut is a zeitgeust comedy, whose significance is more sociological than cinematic--It's "The Big Chill" for the twentysomething crowd in the Age of Clinton and AIDS.
November 8, 2004
insightful and engaging
June 7, 2004
Intensely likeable
June 4, 2004
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