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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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status. Read full review
The bright palette of Reality is an obvious way to underline the hero’s unraveling, but it looks good, and it works. Read full review
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. Read full review
It's a likable film played with gusto and heart — though fundamentally a little sentimental and predictable. Read full review
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. Read full review
There is enough here — including the gifted Arena’s barely believable backstory — to keep your head spinning.
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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. Read full review
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