Real Life
Real Life (1979)

Albert Brooks made his feature-length debut as a writer and director with this wickedly funny satire, in which Albert Brooks plays "Albert Brooks," an arrogant and self-centered comedian who has decided to make a documentary film.… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Brooks is at his most droll.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Brooks messes with the genre from the start, spouting pseudoscience about how the filmmakers found their test subjects (led by a spot-on Charles Grodin).

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Albert Brooks is so deft at showing how filmmaking distorts the very reality it aims to record honestly that it's hard to watch family documentaries anymore without thinking about Real Life.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Mock-umentary predates reality shows, still funny.

Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

It's astonishing, and a bit sad really, how prescient Real Life is.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Albert Brooks just before he became great.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
20 years before reality tv, albert brooks destroyed the lives of a phoenix family in this hilarious mockumentary
Christopher Brown
Albert Brooks can just look into the camera and I crack up. Here he is at his best, doing a reality show (far ahead of it's time) on Charles Grodin's… More
Alec Barniskis
The film's merits extend way beyond it's (probably accidental) prophetic vision of what reality television is today as it's also one of the most… More
Leo L
Absolutely great!