Hollywood Dreams Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 7, 2007
This is one of Jaglom's most curious and oddly moving films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
June 12, 2007
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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2007
Jaglom's Hollywood Dreams are far closer to reality than they might seem. Unfortunately.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2007
[Director] Jaglom's scruffy style doesn't carry it through. He puts enough toxic insincerity on screen to singe, though.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
May 18, 2007
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
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
May 15, 2007
The 15th film in 35 years written and directed by Henry Jaglom, that love-him-or-hate-him iconoclast of American independent filmmaking, is also one of his warmest.
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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 26, 2007
Another clumsy Jaglom vanity project that's as grating as fingernails on a blackboard.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
June 12, 2007
This film is too out there for a strong recommendation.
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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
June 8, 2007
It's the Hollywood dream factory as seen through [director] Jaglom's lens, and it's often out of focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 7, 2007
The balance of this indie production (Jaglom's 14th) consists of his usual weakly improvised relationship comedy.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2007
The movie caves in on the issue of charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 30, 2007
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 25, 2007
The biggest problem is inexperienced lead Tanna Frederick, who overplays every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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