Hollywoodland Reviews

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Jeff Otto
ReelzChannel.com
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 19, 2007
Strong ensemble performances, tight direction, and a stand out from Affleck make this an excellent revisiting of an old Hollywood case...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
musicOMH.com
June 19, 2007
every bit as ambitious, if never as flawed, as the characters it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2007
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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 10, 2007
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.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Tells this tale with energy and panache.
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
January 10, 2007
Middle-aged angst - and not the mystery of Reeves' unsolved death - lies at the heart of Hollywoodland.
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
January 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 31, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Frustratingly ambiguous as a thriller, Coulter's strong debut should be approached as a disturbing parable on the nature of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 6, 2006
It is not just that people die in the film, its the way their souls get mauled while they are still alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
November 28, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
November 24, 2006
Stark, probing and beautifully crafted, Hollywoodland is a slow-burning mystery/thriller that intriguingly jumps along with each suspenseful frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 23, 2006
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.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2006
Hollywoodland is a complex film: part noir, part biopic, all powerful character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 2, 2006
With a career-best performance from Ben Affleck, this is an enjoyable, well made thriller, even if the ending is a bit of a cop-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
October 18, 2006
The film is sustained on its juicy minor characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
March 16, 2007

Irish Times
January 26, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 25, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 24, 2006
November 21, 2006
It's far from seamless, but it is genuinely haunting.

Baltimore Sun
September 23, 2006
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 23, 2006
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2006
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