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Hollywood Ending (2002)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 70

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

38

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 23

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

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Movie Info

A down-on-his luck auteur gets one more chance at the big time -- provided his neuroses don't swallow him whole -- in Woody Allen's 33rd feature release, Hollywood Ending. Allen plays Val Waxman, a one-time cinematic genius who's resorted to taking advertisement work to pay the bills for himself and his airhead live-in girlfriend, Lori (Debra Messing). Val finds his luck is about to change, however, when he receives the script for The City Never Sleeps, a period noir set against the backdrop of

PG-13,

Comedy

Woody Allen

Sep 17, 2002

$4.8M

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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (70) | DVD (7)

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

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It lacks critical mass and droops in the middle like a worn-out saddle horse.

June 13, 2002
Arizona Republic
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The frog prince of New York comedy again wallows in the middle of the frame as various familiar faces, namely various princes and princesses from television, dart about him like so many flies with a death wish.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Hollywood Ending just isn't very funny.

May 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Funny but perilously slight.

May 8, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Woody Allen can write and deliver a one liner as well as anybody. But I had a lot of problems with this movie.

May 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Ephemeral, Woody Allen. Only for his fans.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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 Full Review

Que las escenas más graciosas de una película de Woody Allen sean aquellas en las que se da contra una puerta o se cae de una altura es señal de que ya no es lo mismo.

November 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Hollywood Ending, while not quite as lousy as last year's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, is still fairly mediocre...

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

...Even if this isn't Woody's best, it provides generally solid entertainment, which is something of a rarity these days from Tinseltown.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It's getting difficult to watch this old dog trying so hard to pull off the same old tricks; Allen is becoming a caricature of himself, a cartoon, before our very eyes.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Woody Allen's latest is an ambling, broad comedy about all there is to love -- and hate -- about the movie biz.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Allen se atreve a atacar, a atacarse y nos ofrece gags que van de la sonrisa a la risa de larga duración

October 22, 2002
Cinenganos

Uneven: great fun in parts, annoying in others, too familiar in some.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

A few bright ideas decorated with snappy one-liners are stretched too thin to fill almost two hours.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A few more of these and his Hollywood Ending could be a very, very dark one

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

[Allen's] best works understand why snobbery is a better satiric target than middle-America diversions could ever be.

August 23, 2002 Full Review

Evokes some laughs, but the acting is mediocre and the story line --well, it's a typical Hollywood ending.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

... those of us who favor the director's more "pretentious" films can't help but be struck by what appears to be a failure of nerve

July 26, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

His films remain entertainment akin to watching a stand-up act: disposable stories, great sense of humor, one-liners that I quote incessantly for months.

July 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

As his conclusion, Allen plays into the ironic comedy he intends with his title, Hollywood Ending, and it comes as a jolly repartee to his American critics.

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Hollywood Ending

Sadly ridiculous with probably one of the worst casts Allen has assembled for any of his films.
January 22, 2010
The Gandiman
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.
June 27, 2008
aliceinpunderland

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.
May 27, 2008
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

Frustrating. This premise had the potential to yield a very good Woody Allen film, rather than a merely adequate one.

The blindness gags could have been much more creative and varied. Instead of just repeating the same weak dilemma of Allen being asked to choose between two props he can't see, why not go further? Show a hideous set with garishly mismatched colors. Show cast members being forced to dialogue in awkward positions: standing too far apart, or facing in opposite directions. Something. What's most surprising that the film-within-a-film's dailies are not shown at all -- this was an easy opportunity for humor lost. One might argue that Allen's comic style is more subtle, but he certainly wasn't above including a broad pratfall and multiple accidents with crashing objects.

Still, the story's most annoying flaw is rather simple: Allen's character shows no ability whatsoever to turn his head to the sound of someone's voice. Come on...maintaining this much realism was possible.

Meanwhile, Tiffani Thiessen's eye-popping bit part reminds us of what a superstar she would be, if she only could act.
November 18, 2009
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

    1. Val Waxman: Sex is better than talk. Ask anybody in this bar. Talk is what you suffer through so you can get to sex.
    – Submitted by Leon T (57 days ago)
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