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August 2, 2008
This is easily one of Woody Allen's worst films. It feels like the film made in the movie, half assed. The set up is pretty solid. Val Waxman is a hasbeen director and his ex-wife wants to hire him for a gangster movie. The new husband (Treat Williams) is apprehensive, but the name will bring in money. What follows is a painfully unfunny blind man routine for Allen, who is not convincing at all. There is a scene where he's not sure where Treat Williams is, but the voice is speaking to him and he should be able to follow it. Throw in a rushed, lazy, and contrived ending, and you get this movie. The only thing I liked was Treat Williams, and the son character. Everything else was just plain shabby.
September 17, 2015
I'm surprised this isn't better know, it's an amazing satire on Hollywood, a brilliant postmodern film about making a film, and one of Woody Allen's wittiest and most vicious satires. So many jokes hit their mark it's incredible.
August 6, 2015
"Hollywood Ending" suffers more than it satisfies.
July 13, 2015
One of the funniest films of Woody Allen, and one of his most sarcastic and exciting adventures, as well as comically clumsy. A smart and special performance of Allen.
December 5, 2014
While this film is no Woody Allen masterpiece, it's no failure either. The story is outrageous and the plot overall is a bit undeveloped but Allen's neurotic characteristics and witty humor seems to work really well in this film.
½ September 25, 2014
Classical Woody Allen movie, script and performance. Funny at times, but not one of the best ones.
October 16, 2011
Woody Allen is a rapist paedophile.
½ March 15, 2014
Woody Allen plays a film director who was once considered a genius, but years of being difficult have hurt his career and left him working on commercials and getting very little real work. His ex-wife fights for him to get a big break, and the studio gives it to him...and he goes blind. It is a goofy comedy, and unfortunately not that funny, with one of Allen's weaker casts.
½ December 15, 2013
not very sharp, but there's punch of enlightened lines :)
November 25, 2013
I loved this one-classic Woody. the premise was totally original and wacky. it was far-fetched, but he makes it work anyway. most importantly, it is just plain funny.
September 28, 2013
Hollywood ending is the latest joke from our beloved Woody Allen. Every year a new film, every year a new comedy/satire of life, the world, and this time the film industry! Woody takes a guilty pleasure portraying a director who's suddenly becoming blind while he's starting to shoot his new film. Great jokes, funny situations, the cast is having a blast & so do we. Good one
September 12, 2013
Woody Allen is a master at his craft, and 'Hollywood Ending' is another very funny film, poking fun at the Hollywood system, and the process of film-making itself.
Super Reviewer
August 12, 2013
Since the 1970s, Woody Allen has been pretty consistent with his filmmaking output, trying his best to release at least one film a year. Of course, there have been some that have been less-than-stellar while there are others that have been great, which is always bound to happen. 'Hollywood Ending' isn't bad entertainment, but it's not great Woody Allen, and I think that's why it gets a lot of flack from critics and fans alike. 'Hollywood Ending' doesn't quite have the director's unparalleled ear for situational comedy and witty dialogue, but it does have his trademark knack for creating brilliant one-liners and sharp satire, and there are a lot of hilarious observations made about the film industry. Ultimately, 'Hollywood Ending' doesn't take full of advantage of its concept and could have been much funnier, but it's still passable entertainment, and because it's Woody Allen, it's automatically better than most of the other stuff out there.
½ July 11, 2013
One of the many average and trivial Allen's comedies.
August 12, 2007
Entertaining middle of the road Allen.
½ September 19, 2012
I could have been funny, it's NOT.
August 7, 2007
The French are not all as crazy as Godard !! lol
January 20, 2013
A very good idea but poorly executed.
½ January 9, 2013
At the beginning of "Hollywood Ending" I groaned: why does Woody Allen still have to star in his movies? Twenty-minutes in, I was still annoyed-- why does Allen like to spend so much time making movies about "has-beens", that are so ironically happen to be like him? And why does he always have such a beautiful ex-wife that he most likely didn't deserve in the first place? But by the end, I ended up genuinely liking the film, despite all of the Allen cliches popping up. Val Waxman (Woody Allen), is an aging director in the "Topaz", "Buddy, Buddy" stage of his career, and most movie studios, and audiences, have lost interest in the filmmaker, who in the last few years has most headed cheesy commercials. Long-divorced from his lovely wife Ellie (Tea Leoni), who just happens to be getting married to studio boss Hal (Treat Williams), Val spends his days living in denial, settling in with the ditzy Lori (Debra Messing). But after an interesting script pops up, Ellie recommends to her fiancee that Val would be the perfect candidate as director. At first, all seems to be going well, but after Val suffers a panic attack he develops hysterical blindness, forcing him to secretly direct the movie without sight. Will it work? Despite the fact that Allen's aging and his obnoxious, funny, Jewish persona has gotten old to me, somehow, "Hollywood Ending" manages to be charming. Taking all flaws aside, it's obvious that Allen only directs the film with the best of intentions. The result may not be up to his best works, but it's a sweet diversion with a decent cast, and the story is engaging and often times, funny. Leoni herself is sexy and likable, and is one of the best things of the film, but in the meantime the actual satirical elements of making a movie end up being chaotic and goofy. Even though we see the cliches coming from a mile away, "Hollywood Ending" is one of the most cheerful and downright likable movies of his career. Without any symbolism or ironic humor, it remains simple and enjoyable. Allen's done better, but this film is far from the disaster it's made up to be.
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