Reality (2013)

From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show "Big Brother" leads him down a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 13, 2013
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Part dark satire, part compelling drama, Reality occasionally struggles to communicate its message, but it's never less than entertaining.

Wesley Morris

It's clear that Garrone is lamenting the death of culture. But the movie is more compassionate than screed-y. It's a portrait of the preoccupation with fame in an age in which in fame is cheap.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

For all its ups and downs and occasional detours into boorishness, it's an original that will surprise if not necessarily delight fans of Garrone's very different crime drama, "Gomorrah."

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

In this echo chamber of fame-for-fame's-sake, real life imitates reel life. There's a lurid, Felliniesque sheen to Garrone's floating camerawork; this is reality tweaked, dialed up to 10.1. And there's a cheeky, sideways satire of Roman Catholicism.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The satire here is finespun, and the film's conclusions ambiguous.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Matteo Garrone follows his crime epic Gomorrah with a comedy about reality TV, and though it hardly rivals the earlier movie in its social complexity, it still offers the spectacle of a vibrant and vividly realized Neapolitan neighborhood.

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Richard Haridy

Reality is a little too thin to be truly satisfying. However, Garrone's elegant visual palette and Arena's remarkable central performance shift a potentially trite message into a gloriously warm and novel experience.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A dark allegorical comedy about the nature of fame, about obsession, about madness - and the point where they converge: on Big Brother, a TV show watched by millions.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

As cautionary tales go, this one's ripely knowing, and it speaks in a lot more languages than Italian.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The story is too slight.

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Garrone uses many elegant long takes and an evoking soundtrack to tell this fascinating, dream-like character study about a common fishmonger who gradually… More
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A fishmonger from Naples loses his grip on reality as he waits to hear back from his audition for the Italian version of the "Big Brother" TV show.… More