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Hollywoodland (2006)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 123
Rotten: 56

Critics Consensus: More than a movie star murder mystery, Hollywoodland takes it slow in order to reveal the intriguing details of the rise and fall of superstar fame.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 27
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: More than a movie star murder mystery, Hollywoodland takes it slow in order to reveal the intriguing details of the rise and fall of superstar fame.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 77,393

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Movie Info

The mysterious and unexpected death of an iconic Hollywood star may be just the tip of an iceberg of scandal in this showbiz drama based on a true story. George Reeves (played by Ben Affleck) was a journeyman actor who had played a small role in Gone With the Wind and appeared onscreen with the likes of James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich, but his career was not exactly booming when he was cast as comic-book hero Superman in a 1951 B-movie, Superman and the Mole Men. A year later, … More

Rating:
R (for language, some violence and sexual content)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Bernbaum
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 6, 2007
Box Office:
$14.3M
Runtime:
Focus Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hollywoodland

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (123) | Rotten (56) | DVD (26)

It's worth seeing for Affleck alone, deftly communicating the distance between the put-on cardboard debonairness of this hunk-about-town and the gnawing uncertainties beneath his Superman outfit.

Full Review… | November 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Take my word for it: Hollywoodland is well worth seeing.

Full Review… | September 20, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

Reeves had an easy but peppy presence that was very likable, and Affleck's moroseness doesn't do him justice.

Full Review… | September 14, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

... even though parts of the picture don't quite hold together, in the end, it sticks with you.

Full Review… | September 10, 2006
Salon.com
Top Critic

In this bland, ultimately dull reimagining, the question of who killed Superman turns out to be less of a mystery than a plodding attempt at what has been done so much better before.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Hollywoodland explores an intriguing bit of Hollywood history, and through the strength of its performances keeps us engaged and entertained.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

Outside of the novelty of seeing Ben Affleck assaying a dramatic role, there isn't much in Hollywoodland to keep us hooked.

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
Cinema Writer

Starts with artful delusions before dribbling into nothingness

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

Despite a stellar cast, Coulter and screenwriter Paul Bernbaum can’t decide whether to plumb the depths of 'noir' or tug at the heartstrings of failed ambition.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009

Like Ben from Bennifer, George Reeves aspired to be a Great Actor, but was weighed down by audience expectations. Affleck does a terrific job with this role.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007

Strong ensemble performances, tight direction, and a stand out from Affleck make this an excellent revisiting of an old Hollywood case...

Full Review… | September 19, 2007
Cinema Crazed

every bit as ambitious, if never as flawed, as the characters it portrays.

Full Review… | June 19, 2007
musicOMH.com

May not have all the answers about the death of one of the icons behind the big red 'S,' but by gathering one of the better ensembles of the year, it makes the legend interesting again.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Tentando evocar a mesma atmosfera sufocante de Los Angeles %u2013 Cidade Proibida, surge como pálida (literalmente) imitação do excepcional trabalho de Curtis Hanson.

March 11, 2007
Cinema em Cena

From a character point of view, Adrien Brodey's emotional journey as a broken down investigator and a broken down father from a broken marriage, is the film's incomplete centrepiece, Ben Affleck's superb portrayal of George Reeves notwithstanding.

Full Review… | March 10, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Un atractivo y bien logrado ejemplo de cine negro donde se mezclan glamour y misterio, con estupendo elenco y excelente recreación de época y atmósfera.

Full Review… | March 4, 2007
Uruguay Total

Tells this tale with energy and panache.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Middle-aged angst - and not the mystery of Reeves' unsolved death - lies at the heart of Hollywoodland.

January 10, 2007
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

Worthwhile for the amusement of the escape to a bygone era alone. But when you factor in an absorbing pulp fiction plotline, you've got all you can ask of a cinematic experience.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
BlackFilm.com

But dreams of fame evolve. And where once it would have just been enough to be recognized, it becomes apparent only later that this is not quite enough.

Full Review… | December 31, 2006
Bangitout.com

Frustratingly ambiguous as a thriller, Coulter's strong debut should be approached as a disturbing parable on the nature of fame.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

It is not just that people die in the film, its the way their souls get mauled while they are still alive.

Full Review… | December 6, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

It's Affleck's ghost of film future. Watch his hurt-glazed eyes as he sits in the screening of From Here to Eternity while all around him people laugh at 'Superman' pretending to be someone else.

Full Review… | November 28, 2006
thelondonpaper

Stark, probing and beautifully crafted, Hollywoodland is a slow-burning mystery/thriller that intriguingly jumps along with each suspenseful frame.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
Movie Eye

A well-meaning mediocrity.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
The Nation

Audience Reviews for Hollywoodland

½

This is a slick period piece with some great production values that concerns the final days and mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of actor George Reeves, the original Superman before Christopher took over the role for the films. It looks at Reeves, but mostly follows the efforts of a private eye determined to figure out the truth behind what really happened and why.

The concept and set up are great, but the results are unfulfilling. This one is really trying to swing for the fences and place itself amonsgt the ranks of Chinatown (possibly) or L.A. Confidential. It's a noble try, but it doesn't quite make it. The performances are actually pretty decent, especially from Affleck and Brody, but the story is meandering, plodding, and not as gripping as it needed to be.

It's a bit of a bore, and doesn't really provide the insight I was hoping it might. I dug the technical side of things, and there are some good sequences, but ultimately this is just an unfocused bore.

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cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

A detective investigating the suicide death of a famous TV actor is the entry point for this informed discussion about some of the effects of our society's fixation on celebrity. Brody's great as a smart detective who's not famous for anything, totally unaware how desperately wants to be, while Affleck's spot-on as George Reeves, who was famous, only not the way he wanted to be and consequently unappreciative of what fame he had. I learned many things about one of my childhood heroes I hadn't known before ... and a little about myself too.

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

Hollywoodland is a fictionalisation of the circumstances surrounding the death of George Reeves whose first acting role was in the legendary Gone With The Wind but found fame as the TV incarnation of Superman. Aping the Noiresque feel of 40s and 50s detective movies, Adrien Brody is excellent as the down at heel, ambulance chasing private eye who is more interested in self aggrandizement than justice, as is Ben Affleck who puts in a fine performance as the charming rogue who feels he is better than the lot in life he has been handed. Sensitively directed with a nice sense of period, this is not a lurid true crime story, more a character study with an intelligently plotted investigative spin and it works really well. Those expecting a slam-bang finale may be disappointed but it has a poignancy that rounded off the story perfectly for me. Not in the same league as L.A. Confidential but head and shoulders above the likes of The Black Dahlia.

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garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The only reason Hollywood isn't considered a modern classic is because it was Ben Affleck's follow up to Gigli. This has an amazing sense of style and storytelling ability. I like the idea of having a plot revolve around the three main theories around George Reeve's death and not just a gradual progression like in most detective stories. Adrien Brody's surprisingly dead on likeness to a film noir detective is what really makes the movie though. Without his dynamite performance and anchor to the mystery, no one would care what happened to Superman.

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Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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