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Hollywood Dreams (2007)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 18

Yet another film about a small town girl trying to make it in the City of Angels, Hollywood Dreams' improvisation and absurdity tests viewers' patience.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 10

Yet another film about a small town girl trying to make it in the City of Angels, Hollywood Dreams' improvisation and absurdity tests viewers' patience.



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When an aspiring young starlet from Iowa falls in love with a handsome and promising young actor, she finds her dreams of fame slowly fading in a poignant tale of show-business aspirations from director Henry Jaglom. Upon arriving in Los Angeles to seek her fortune on film and stage, an innocent girl from Iowa (Tanna Frederick) falls for a talented rising star (Justin Kirk). As the pair tenuously attempts to balance their burgeoning romance with the vivid dreams of stardom, the demands of their


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May 6, 2008


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This is one of Jaglom's most curious and oddly moving films.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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I've been among the unbelievers, but Hollywood Dreams turned me around -- to a point. Perhaps it's because the film is among Jaglom's best, love him or leave him.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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It's the Hollywood dream factory as seen through [director] Jaglom's lens, and it's often out of focus.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The balance of this indie production (Jaglom's 14th) consists of his usual weakly improvised relationship comedy.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Jaglom's Hollywood Dreams are far closer to reality than they might seem. Unfortunately.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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[Director] Jaglom's scruffy style doesn't carry it through. He puts enough toxic insincerity on screen to singe, though.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Another clumsy Jaglom vanity project that's as grating as fingernails on a blackboard.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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This film is too out there for a strong recommendation.

June 12, 2007 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

This is a quirky little movie that may have some people heading for the exits before the first 15 minutes have passed.

June 12, 2007 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The director lets actors do their thing, to a fault, which makes Frederick's blitzkrieg of a performance often off-putting but occasionally mesmerizing.

May 30, 2007
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An indifferent stylist at best, [Jaglom's] films stand or fall depending on the talent and appeal of his leads, and he's found a good one in Frederick.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An exceedingly modest comedy an annoying motormouth with almost nothing interesting to say. ... If I ever laughed, I don't remember it.

May 24, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
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Too often Jaglom's touch is slightly off, piling up a mountain of absurdist scenes rife with oddball, "human" behavior that tests viewer patience.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Like John Cassavetes and Martin Scorsese, Jaglom knows how to push a scene into realms of such emotional nakedness that the viewer starts to feel like a voyeur looking in on relationships that are none of his or her business.

May 18, 2007

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