• 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

Joshua Land
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2011
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
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
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
Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 18, 2007
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 17, 2007
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 15, 2007
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