Reality Bites
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Among the movie's strengths are the performances, especially that of Ryder, who comes across as bright, beautiful and more delicate than ever before."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"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."
‑ Mark de la Viña, Philadelphia Daily News
"Remember Gen X? This is why you forgot it."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"For all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"A surprisingly sweet romantic comedy debut from Ben Stiller."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Comedy about 20-something slackers isn't for kids."
‑ Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
"A romantic heart, caustic wit, and the energy of its fresh cast ensure the film's continued appeal."
‑ Billy Mowbray, Film4
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