Hollywood Ending Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 2, 2002
A flaccid farce peppered with bland performances, meaningless-humorless scenes and a scattering of old jokes, many of which don't work.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2002
I liked the movie without loving it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 2, 2002
The comedy is perfunctory and rarely worth more than a chuckle, and all of the attacks on the film industry come across as shallow and familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
May 4, 2002
Essentially one long, belabored gag.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2002
This film definitely feels like one that got away.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 6, 2002
Woody Allen can write and deliver a one liner as well as anybody. But I had a lot of problems with this movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 2, 2002
Allen lingers over tired Hollywood jokes, dragging down the first half of the film and making the second half seem slower than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
June 6, 2002
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
The whole thing feels thrown desperately together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
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.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
May 10, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 10, 2002
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 3, 2002
A concept that sounds a great deal funnier within the confines of a sentence than when executed over a seemingly endless 114-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 6, 2002
If Joe Blow from Topeka had walked into a studio exec's office with the screenplay for Hollywood Ending, he'd had been escorted off the lot by security.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: C-
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
May 9, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
April 30, 2002
Val's condition mainly facilitates some agreeable (if klutzily staged) pratfalls and a few tepid snickers about artistic 'vision.'
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 1, 2002
Once the energy from the jokes dies down, we're left with a project so stale you feel like opening a window to let some air in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 1, 2002
It isn't junk, but it sure isn't the Allen we used to know.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2002
The more the film struggles to entertain, the less funny it becomes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Silver
American Dreamer
October 3, 2002
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
May 6, 2002
David Germain
Canadian Press
June 13, 2002
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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