• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Henry Jaglom
    In Theaters:
    May 18, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 6, 2008
  • Rainbow


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Hollywood Dreams Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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This is one of Jaglom's most curious and oddly moving films.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2007
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 6, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Another clumsy Jaglom vanity project that's as grating as fingernails on a blackboard.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: D

June 26, 2007
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

This film is too out there for a strong recommendation.

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June 12, 2007
David Kaplan
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.

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June 12, 2007
Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's the Hollywood dream factory as seen through [director] Jaglom's lens, and it's often out of focus.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The balance of this indie production (Jaglom's 14th) consists of his usual weakly improvised relationship comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 7, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Jaglom's Hollywood Dreams are far closer to reality than they might seem. Unfortunately.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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[Director] Jaglom's scruffy style doesn't carry it through. He puts enough toxic insincerity on screen to singe, though.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

June 6, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie caves in on the issue of charm.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 1, 2007
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 30, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 25, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Amateurishly put together and reverently self-referential it's hard to imagine this movie having much appeal for anyone beyond its own cast and crew. Given the apparent size of its budget, though, that's probably enough to make it profitable.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

May 25, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Hollywood Dreams is a must for Jaglom fans. For other viewers, it will depend upon how much they can take of Jaglom's improvisational style and Frederick's over-the-top, tear-filled acting.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 25, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The biggest problem is inexperienced lead Tanna Frederick, who overplays every scene.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 25, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Knowing but never jaded, Hollywood Dreams is driven by Ms. Frederick's no-boundaries commitment to her broken character, a performance that's as startling as it is touching.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 25, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Hollywood Dreams is meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 25, 2007
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

Too often Jaglom's touch is slightly off, piling up a mountain of absurdist scenes rife with oddball, "human" behavior that tests viewer patience.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 23, 2007
Jim Hemphill

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.

| Original Score: 4/4

May 18, 2007
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