• Released
  • March 15, 2013
  • (March 15 NY, March 22 LA)
  • R , 1 hr 55 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Reality Synopsis
Luciano auditions for a spot on "Big Brother" and lets the attention go to his head.
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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...
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91

indieWIRE

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...
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88

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...
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80

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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75

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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63

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...
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60

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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60

Empire

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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...
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60

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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50

The Hollywood Reporter

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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...
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Mesmerizing, operatic, heartbreaking film

By Show Me Move Me Change Me
This film is so rich in humanity, color, longing and the beauty of a rich and crumbling Naples contrasted with the banal modern concept of living. It's a wonderful film that will live on in you and...

Mesmerizing, operatic, heartbreaking film

By Show Me Move Me Change Me
This film is so rich in humanity, color, longing and the beauty of a rich and crumbling Naples contrasted with the banal modern concept of living. It's a wonderful film that will live on in you and...

Reality , a Premise that Goes on a little too Far

By knuch
While the premise of this movie is interesting regarding a working class man with his family in Naples who gets to try out for a TV Program Big Brother, the movie starts to become tedious and...

Reality , a Premise that Goes on a little too Far

By knuch
While the premise of this movie is interesting regarding a working class man with his family in Naples who gets to try out for a TV Program Big Brother, the movie starts to become tedious and...

Fascinating

By Hlaub
What a fascinating movie! In a Felini-esque movie--but with a strong story line--Reality portrays a man from an extended Italian family who spirals down because he is looking for fame and fortune by...

Fascinating

By Hlaub
What a fascinating movie! In a Felini-esque movie--but with a strong story line--Reality portrays a man from an extended Italian family who spirals down because he is looking for fame and fortune by...

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Excellent movie

By LLasky
Wonderful film very interesting,poignant and a must see. A masterpiece. Loved it...

Excellent movie

By LLasky
Wonderful film very interesting,poignant and a must see. A masterpiece. Loved it...

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Rated R | For Some language