Living in Oblivion
Living in Oblivion (1995)

Following up his debut, Johnny Suede, director Tom DiCillo presented this filmmaking comedy that allegedly draws much from DiCillo's experiences on the set of the 1991 Brad Pitt vehicle. Steve Buscemi stars as Nick Reve, the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A treat.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.

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Rob Gonsalves

Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The segment in which Nick (Steve Buscemi) attempts to film a dream sequence (not unlike the famous one from TV's Twin Peaks) featuring a dwarf named Tito (Peter Dinklage) is worth the rental/purchase price alone.

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Emanuel Levy

A valentine to the independent film world, DiCillo's version of Truffaut's Night for Day offers a smart, amusing look at the perils of low-budget filmmaking; the ensemble acting is superb.

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Meta. I just wanted to say meta.
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Catherine Keener is the hottest old rag in the world.
Ken Stachnik
A must see for ANYONE who has ever worked on a low budget indie.
xGary Xx
Witty satire of indie films and the movie making process starring Steve Buscemi. Clever rather than laugh out loud funny, and the film within a film (within a… More
Curtis Lilly
Proof that Steve Buscemi needs to be a leading role in more movies. Gotta say, I wasn't taken in at first, but being too lazy to change the movie, it ended… More
Stephen Earnest
Steve Buscemi is, without a doubt, my favorite actor. He is always so flawless and charismatic with his performances. It is such a treat to watch him act. In… More