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
TheIndependentCritic.com

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

...it's a funny and frequently affecting reminiscence...

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

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
Variety

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
Movies.com

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