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Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Apr 25, 2013
    88
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 22, 2013
    83
    Coming on the heels of the Taviani brothers’ quasi-documentary “Caesar Must Die,” about the staging of “Julius Caesar” in a maximum-security lockup, Reality gives credence to the notion that Italian prisons are hotbeds of acting talent.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric D. Snider
    Mar 18, 2013
    83
    With a jaunty musical score by Alexandre Desplat and a pleasant visual style aided by Marco Onorato’s colorful cinematography, Garrone delivers a story that’s part fairy tale, part religious allegory and part scathing indictment.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 10, 2013
    91
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Garrone achieves something uniquely colorful, disturbing and trenchant about self-perception in an increasingly fishbowl-like society.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 14, 2013
    75
    The bright palette of Reality is an obvious way to underline the hero’s unraveling, but it looks good, and it works.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 8, 2013
    67
    Spoofing the pernicious effects of television, especially the so-called reality genre, doesn't require pinpoint aim, and at times Luciano seems as much a target of ridicule as the superficial, oversexed entertainment served up on the tube.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 18, 2013
    80
    While Reality is a mixed bag of satire, allegory and melodrama, it’s a rich mixture that an American remake would likely never pull off. This is a movie that will reward multiple viewings, from a filmmaker of tremendous technical ability, humor and heart.
  10. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Mar 11, 2013
    63
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 13, 2013
    83
    His outrageous, self-destructive journey lands him in a place just as ironic as Rupert Pupkin’s in "The King Of Comedy," but it’s haunting and mysterious, too, reflecting the dream that consumes his life.
  12. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 14, 2013
    90
    Reality is a story about one man’s desire to make it big on the small screen, and something of a familiar exploration of the blurring between reality and its simulations. More elliptically and more interestingly, it is also a look at an Italy engrossed with rituals and spectacle, in watching and being watched.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Mar 15, 2013
    80
    The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Mar 12, 2013
    90
    Garrone's film grows in your head afterward, making royal hash out of a cultural paradigm we'll be loath to remember years from now—if, by then, everything hasn't become "reality."

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