Hollywood Dreams Reviews

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Edward Douglas
May 18, 2007
Makes late night infomercials seem exciting by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 25, 2007
Hollywood Dreams is meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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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
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
June 12, 2007
This film is too out there for a strong recommendation.
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marcy Dermansky
May 16, 2007
This take on the classic story of an ingenue trying to make her way in the City of Angels is no pleasure -- not when the ingenue is Margie Chizek (Tanna Frederick).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 17, 2007
It's a clunky, slack, directionless film that ultimately heads in a meaningful direction, but makes much of the route there seem unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
May 24, 2007
An exceedingly modest comedy an annoying motormouth with almost nothing interesting to say. ... If I ever laughed, I don't remember it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
May 18, 2007
This might play funnier and less off-putting were if Frederick's Margie was not so disquietingly desperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2007
Better pruning and different choices might have helped to shape the film into a more cohesive piece, instead of one so desperate to be funny that it sacrifices its honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 23, 2007
Too often Jaglom's touch is slightly off, piling up a mountain of absurdist scenes rife with oddball, "human" behavior that tests viewer patience.
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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
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
Jim Hemphill
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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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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