Sydney Sweeney’s New Movie Has A Rare Perfect Score On Rotten Tomatoes. What The Critics Are Saying

Cassie at home in Euphoria
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Euphoria alum Sydney Sweeney just may have an award-winning performance on her hands with her 2023 new movie release, Reality. The drama tells the true story of a former American intelligence specialist Reality Winner (yes, her actual name) turn whistleblower who was given the longest sentence for the unauthorized release of government information regarding Russian interference with the 2016 American elections. The flick currently has the rare perfect score from critics, so let’s take a look at what early reviewers have to say about The White Lotus actress’ new movie. 

Reality, directed by playwright Tina Satter, currently has a 100% score on the review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. While the rating is based on only 9 reviews as of this writing, it is still an impressive achievement. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised the filmmaker for crafting a gripping movie highlighting Sweeny’s powerhouse performance. The reviewer wrote:

Satter shows unfaltering command of the medium for a first-time film director, notably in her penetrating use of the closeup, which makes the steadily exposed raw nerves of Sydney Sweeney’s remarkable performance in the title role all the more disturbing to witness.

Variety film critic Jessica Kiang also praised Satter’s directing. She says Reality “vividly” fuses fiction and real-life events in a compelling way. She says:

In using the title “Reality,” and being scripted verbatim from exchanges recorded by the FBI during Winner’s 2017 surprise interrogation, Satter not only vividly revisits the story, she also makes us question the very relationship between a narrative film and the truth it claims to expose. Reality can be stranger than fiction, but “Reality” fuses the two to become stranger, and more riveting, still.

Savina Petkova of Awards Watch singles out Sweeney’s dedication to portraying Reality Winner empathetically, whereas she has not been given the same consideration in real-life as some of her male whistleblower counterparts. Petkova writes:

Sydney Sweeney is marvelous and dedicated to an empathetic portrayal of a woman who was not lauded as a whistleblower of the same proportion as other male counterparts have been.

The Playlist critic Charles Bramesco says Reality is all Sweeney’s “show,” and she “excels” in finding her moments to shine. He writes: 

Ultimately, it’s Sweeney’s show, and she excels in locating small crannies of tacit detail within these offhanded lines.

As you can see, the reviews for the thriller have been unanimously positive from critics following its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Here is hoping the positivity continues for the flick as it gets its wider release.

The complimentary discourse surrounding Sydney Sweeney’s performance must feel nice for the actress, who recently revealed her own family didn’t believe in her Hollywood career. The actress said she believes “success is the best revenge,” and the Nocturne star is currently killing it in the success department. So hopefully her friends and family back home can finally start showing her career a little more respect. 

Sweeney’s career is not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. The 25-year-old has an exciting path ahead, including playing an undisclosed role in the Spider-Verse movie Madame Web alongside Dakota Johnson, Isabela Merced, Emma Roberts, and Adam Scott. And the actress also signed on to lead a Barbarella remake. 

Reality doesn’t currently have a release date. However, it was recently confirmed that frequent Sweeney collaborator HBO has acquired the streaming rights to the movie, so it will presumably hit theaters in 2023 and the streamer soon after. Sydney Sweeney has amassed a great collection of movies and TV to watch if you are a fan of the Sharp Objects actress. Of course, her roles in Euphoria and The White Lotus are the most noteworthy, which can be binged now with an HBO Max subscription

Ryan LaBee

Ryan graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in English/Creative Writing. An expert in all things horror, Ryan enjoys covering a wide variety of topics. He's also a lifelong comic book fan and an avid watcher of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon.