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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Both revealing and evasive. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    If you think of Reilly as little more than a camp icon, you've got a lot to learn. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite his obvious infirmities, Reilly infuses his performance with a great deal of energy -- frequently shouting his lines for emphasis -- and, of course, perfect comic timing. It's fortunate that we have this filmed record -- directed by Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson -- of a memorable solo performance by a true show business original. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Best remembered as the most flamboyant of TV's original "Hollywood Squares" - which is really saying something on a panel that included Paul Lynde. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    By the time Reilly's shaggy life story winds down, it's hard not to wish he'd been your friend, too. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    This charming, bittersweet 90-minute monologue consists of the actor telling tales of his childhood and early years, when he was an ugly duckling from an uglier family. The anecdotes are bruisingly funny and delivered with clarity and light mockery. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A tender tale of semi-triumph. show more

  • 80
    K.J. Doughton Film Threat

    Check out The Life of Reilly, for a real-life example of carpe diem energy too pure and unrefined to be silenced by discrimination or negative family vibes. show more

  • 75
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The actor holds the stage with his warm humor and emotionally charged anecdotes. show more

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