The Life of Reilly
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"The Life of Reilly" is an adaptation of Mr. Reilly's acclaimed one-man show and was photographed for the screen during Mr. Reilly's final two perfomances of his play in North Hollywood, California. The film takes us through this man's strange, tragic, and hilarious life, from his birth in a humble neighborhood of the Bronx to his retirement in his posh Beverly Hills abode.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...he's far more candid recalling his grand delusions in a school play than he is when he gets to Broadway and Hollywood."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"As this entertaining recording of his one-man show reveals, Reilly was a natural raconteur."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out
"It was shot just before he died, so it's a nice record of his life in his own words, a life that included bizarre family situations as well as his solo navigation of Hollywood as a decidedly unconventional celebrity."
‑ Dave White,
"See Life of Reilly and you won't see him as a pop culture footnote ever again."
‑ Rob Thomas, Wisconsin State Journal
"Unfortunately, I never caught Nelson live, but this film has to be the closest thing to it."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"'s a funny and frequently affecting reminiscence..."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The Life of Reilly lets us know how much the world has changed."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Gives us a sense of a full life of triumph and tragedy, an epic story told in 84 minutes by a master raconteur."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The schmaltzy surface-nature of the show, however, is redeemed by Reilly's performance... and by a final story..."
‑ Randy Shulman, Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
"...the man's sense of stagecraft and storytelling prowess are undeniable."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Life of Reilly is vivid proof that living well, and laughing heartily, can be the best revenge."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Director Barry Poltermann's sweet little evocation of a show business career captures Reilly at 'the twilight of an extraordinary life,' in Reilly's words."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It doesn't pretend to be a movie, really, but it's an unexpected treat from a man who made a living out of being silly."
‑ Robert Horton, HeraldNet
"It... holds wrenching emotional power in its naked, warts-and-all history of one man's life..."
‑ KJ Doughton, Film Threat
"Helmers Frank Anderson and Barry Poltermann had the bright idea to preserve Reilly's show on film, and... it is indeed an invaluable record."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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