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Division Division: 'Reality'

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • March 15, 2013 4:30 PM
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Matteo Garrone first became known to many of us when his 2008 film "Gomorrah" won the Grand Prix at Cannes. His next film, "Reality," which opens in New York today and Los Angeles next week, achieved the same feat, but has nonetheless proved itself to be somewhat divisive; the grade snapshot shows twice as many C's and half as many D's as A's. Critics agree on a handful of elements, particularly Alexandre Desplat's score and the strength of Aniello Arena's performance as Luciano, a newlywed who attempts to appear on the Italian version of "Big Brother" only to see his dreams and delusions consume him. Many of the differences, however, are in the preference of what we are told and how it is told to us. These questions of style versus substance run much deeper than a pull quote, so click on the name of an outlet to be linked to the full review, and keep an eye on the Criticwire page for "Reality."PRO: It makes a good companion piece with a great film!