Reality Bites
Reality Bites (1993)

Four recent graduates discover how difficult it is to find a decent job and true love after college.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Among the movie's strengths are the performances, especially that of Ryder, who comes across as bright, beautiful and more delicate than ever before.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

For all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
A movie I have seen several times over the years, including when it first came out at the cinema. While it's not perfect, and not an absolute favourite, I… More
Jens S.
Few films from the 90s portrayed the generation grunge and captured the spirit of that time as spot on as this and "Singles". Even today's kids… More
Melvin White
Troy Dyer: You can't navigate me. I may do mean things, and I may hurt you, and I may run away without your permission, and you may hate me forever, and I… More
Aj V
Ben Stiller's first directing job. This drama/comedy about becoming an adult in/after college is really good. I saw it a while ago, but I remember it was… More
Alice Shen
Not having seen this when it first came out and not having really lived through the early '90s, I still find this movie remarkably dated. Perhaps… More
Kevin M. Williams
Tragic hipsters swallow the empty existence of their lives and discover (gulp!) that the taste is good. Viewers get to count cool cultural references… More