Reality Bites Reviews

January 18, 2020
The deeper themes of choosing art and integrity over earning a living . . . felt phony and hollow then, and are nothing short of embarrassing to watch from a modern perspective now.
August 3, 2019
In a picture full of painful moments, it's hard to decide on the lowest point.
February 25, 2014
Gone is the fearless savagery Stiller smuggled into his TV series. Stuck between slacker and attacker, he settles for something curiously inert, slavishly mainstream and so hopelessly phony its own characters might make fun of it between bong rips.
March 27, 2013
It's a good example of an anti-establishment comedy crippled by a seeming desire to infatuate the establishment itself. What Reality Bites needs most is a good bite. From reality.
March 27, 2013
When the movie is over, you don't feel as if you had shared the experience of a new generation; you feel puzzled and vaguely crummy, as if you had just read a solemn news-magazine cover story about it.
October 12, 2008
Remember Gen X? This is why you forgot it.
August 7, 2007
In 1994, the novelty of seeing a romantic comedy written and directed by, as well as starring, people in their early 20s made for a certain freshness, but after a point this 'youthfulness' consists of little more than TV references.
August 7, 2007
It's often genuinely funny -- but it's still an establishment picture pretending it's not.
August 7, 2007
Reality Bites begins as a promising and eccentric tale of contemporary youth but evolves into a banal love story as predictable as any lush Hollywood affair.
May 26, 2006
Gen Xers looking for a good time probably found themselves cheated at having been pigeonholed like this and watching the film's fun, ironic beginning give way to goopy pathos.
February 9, 2006
There's probably a moderate little romantic comedy crying to get out here, but the film's vain striving for casual hip proves suffocatingly obtrusive.
May 22, 2004
This movie bites. Ben Stiller should stick to acting.
July 18, 2003
Terrible Gen-X romantic comedy. Glorifies the loser at the expence of the successful guy. There's no basis for love, and the silly dance scene and "reality show" are just lame.
May 20, 2003
The film trumpets idealism over selling out. This, though, is perhaps its ultimate phoniness, because the subliminal message is 'Buy!' In an orgy of product placement.
February 2, 2003
So hip it makes your teeth hurt.
December 4, 2002
Generation X has never appeared so needy, so narcissistic, or so ficticiously broad.
November 5, 2002
Young and poor is no way to go through life, but it makes for an entertaining tableau.
September 7, 2002
Overrated and irritating
January 1, 2000
What unwritten law prevented the makers of Reality Bites from observing that their heroine can't shoot video worth a damn, that their hero is a jerk, and that their villain is the most interesting person in the movie?
January 1, 2000
Beneath a thin veneer of style lie buried all the old cliches and formulas of typical romantic comedies.