• PG-13, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Woody Allen
    In Theaters:
    May 3, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 17, 2002
  • DreamWorks SKG


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Hollywood Ending Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This farcical motherlode is largely wasted here, with Allen recycling gags so moldy you half-expect one of those giant hooks from vaudeville to enter the frame and yank him right off the screen.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 11, 2002
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

Fun in a way that brings a sly smile to your face.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 7, 2002
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury

This is, by far, the worst film of Woody Allen's career, and that includes "Everyone Says I Love You". Painful.

| Original Score: 1/5

June 6, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It just misses being in the pantheon of Allen's great works. And it's not easy pinpointing exactly why.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

June 5, 2002
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

It's a filmed doodle from the sketchpad of a former perfectionist who once upon a time knew better than to start shooting a script that he clearly hadn't finished yet.

June 5, 2002

Woody Allen pokes fun at the industry, and at himself - but it's funny when he says it.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 4, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Watching "Ending" is too often like looking over the outdated clothes and plastic knickknacks at your neighbor's garage sale. You can't believe anyone would really buy this stuff.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 3, 2002
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button

Hollywood Ending is the most disappointing Woody Allen movie ever. He has a great cast and a great idea. But the execution is a flop with the exception of about six gags that really work.

Full Review Source: Hot Button

May 31, 2002
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Hollywood Ending is not show-stoppingly hilarious, but scathingly witty nonetheless.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

May 30, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Woody, what happened?

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 21, 2002
Michael Dequina

A rickety and stale idea to build an entire film upon, a fact that seems lost on the once-mighty-himself Woody Allen.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2002
Kim Linekin

Not only does [Allen] act as though blind people are stupid, unable to determine where a voice is coming from, but he also allows scenes to drag on far longer than this one joke can sustain.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 13, 2002
Mark R. Leeper

Trying to dredge humor from the limitations of the blind is a sorry task, unworthy of Allen's talents.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

May 10, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
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Hollywood Ending just isn't very funny.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 10, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Allen can do better, and has done better, but perhaps this is as good as he does anymore.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

May 10, 2002
Erik Childress

This film may have its titular Hollywood Ending, but Allen needs to open his eyes and concentrate once again on what made his films great in the first place.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

But even a blind man can see that this turgid comedy is mechanical and uninspired and even worse, it's a sour grapes film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

May 8, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Funny but perilously slight.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

May 8, 2002
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Settling into this one feels once again like being in the company of an old friend, albeit one who's grown a little forgetful and doddering with the years.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: B-

May 7, 2002
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