• Released
  • March 15, 2013
  • (March 15 NY, March 22 LA)
  • R , 1 hr 55 min
  • Art House/Foreign

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie’s a funny, dark, increasingly razor-sharp inquiry into the metaphysics of modern fame — how the dream of “being seen” and thus validated on some primal level can completely unhinge the average schmo.
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By Eric Kohn
The reality-show aesthetic pervades the movie as well. Garrone's roaming camera style draws you into each moment with extreme close-ups and long takes that wander through each scene and get lost in it. Luciano's plight is crushing because Garrone renders it with such detail.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
The first-rate Italian comedy Reality — which fakes Pope Benedict appearing in St. Peter’s Square — likens consecration to elevating an “everyman” to pop celebrity.
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Total Film

By Tom Dawson
The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The bright palette of Reality is an obvious way to underline the hero’s unraveling, but it looks good, and it works.
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Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
Matteo Garrone has a sure eye for outlandish set pieces that exhibit the expansive outlines of his ideas, but these spectacles are sporadic, and the spaces between them tend to lag.
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The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
It's a likable film played with gusto and heart — though fundamentally a little sentimental and predictable.
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As a satire on the seduction by media and our infatuation with celebrity, it's hardly "The Truman Show," but Garrone’s Gomorrah follow-up is wry and witty. Plenty of fun.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There is enough here — including the gifted Arena’s barely believable backstory — to keep your head spinning.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Half comedy and half drama, the film struggles to find its tone amid stock characters and leisurely plotting, with nods to Fellini and Italian neorealism that leave the taste of a big, reheated pizza. It all should be funnier; still the atmospheric local kitsch wins some smiles.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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