The Life of Reilly
The Life of Reilly (2007)

"The Life of Reilly" is an adaptation of Mr. Reilly's acclaimed one-man show and was photographed for the screen during Mr. Reilly's final two perfomances of his play in North Hollywood, California. The film takes us… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Life of Reilly is a humorous and endearing look at the late comedian.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

...he's far more candid recalling his grand delusions in a school play than he is when he gets to Broadway and Hollywood.

Hank Sartin
Time Out

As this entertaining recording of his one-man show reveals, Reilly was a natural raconteur.

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Richard Propes

An entertaining, touching and funny look at a man whose Hollywood life is truly worth remembering.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader's a funny and frequently affecting reminiscence...

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Andrew O'Hehir

The Life of Reilly lets us know how much the world has changed.

David Lamble
Bay Area Reporter

Charles Nelson Reilly ranges from the jocular and anecdotal to a banshee-like wail as if he were a very queer Lear.

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Joe Leydon

Life of Reilly is vivid proof that living well, and laughing heartily, can be the best revenge.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Director Barry Poltermann's sweet little evocation of a show business career captures Reilly at 'the twilight of an extraordinary life,' in Reilly's words.

Dave White

It was shot just before he died, so it's a nice record of his life in his own words, a life that included bizarre family situations as well as his solo navigation of Hollywood as a decidedly unconventional celebrity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Wow. What a powerful retrospective on a life many might have dismissed as silly and insignificant. This intimate one-man-show reminds us of the profound… More