Hollywood Ending (2002)



Critic Consensus: Although Hollywood Ending contains some zany one-liners, its promising premise is far from developed.

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A film director's last film is a hit in Europe but bombs in America, and he is considered to be past it. However, his girlfriend convinces studio bosses to let him make a film about old-time Hollywood. What the studio doesn't know is that the director is blind. He manages to do the shoot, with the help of his Chinese assistant and, of course, his psychiatrist.

Rating: PG-13 (for some drug references and sexual material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2002
Box Office: $4.8M
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Critic Reviews for Hollywood Ending

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (41)

The premise may be outrageous, but the film is full of witty lines, delightful scenes and sharp performances.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It lacks critical mass and droops in the middle like a worn-out saddle horse.

June 13, 2002
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Ephemeral, Woody Allen. Only for his fans.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Filled with laughs and missed potential for lots more, the film leaves us happy but maybe wishing for something bigger.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Com seu habitual humor auto-depreciativo e seu imenso talento para a comédia física, Allen cria um filme divertido, mas que jamais se equipara aos seus grandes trabalhos.

April 25, 2004
Cinema em Cena

For those, like this reviewer, who revere Allen as one of the greats, it's best that Hollywood Ending be quickly buried.

| January 4, 2004

Audience Reviews for Hollywood Ending

Sadly ridiculous with probably one of the worst casts Allen has assembled for any of his films.

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Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

First and last thirds (when Woody's not doing his insultingly unconvincing blind man routine) are actually pretty nice. While I love Debra Messing on "Will & Grace," she's too smart to play dumb.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

I have no idea why this movie is always ranked so low with critics. Sure, the casting of Tea Leoni as the female lead was regrettable, but not a huge deal. Sure, Woody has fallen victim to society's predilections for the two-hour film despite the fact that he is marvelous at stuffing a whole life into 80 minutes of celluloid, but even then it lagged very little. It was laugh-out-loud funny, had a sharp and original plot, and save Tea Leoni was pretty well-casted. In particular the Chinese translator.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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