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Hollywoodland Reviews

Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

November 23, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 23, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Take my word for it: Hollywoodland is well worth seeing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 20, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Reeves had an easy but peppy presence that was very likable, and Affleck's moroseness doesn't do him justice.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 14, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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... even though parts of the picture don't quite hold together, in the end, it sticks with you.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 10, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Hollywoodland explores an intriguing bit of Hollywood history, and through the strength of its performances keeps us engaged and entertained.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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In his generous spirit toward a forgotten icon, Affleck turns the death-obsessed Hollywoodland into, of all things, a film about resurrection.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The pacing is slow and deliberate, but the story never ceases to intrigue.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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With a more restrained, subtler actor, Hollywoodland could have been what it aspires to be: a study of twin trajectories (Reeves and Simo) caught in the spotlights of Tinseltown, where dreams crash headlong into hard reality -- and dubious ethics.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film, actually, is a little like Reeves himself: It starts promisingly and trails off into indistinctness and mystery.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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[Hollywoodland] holds interest as a whodunit that's refreshingly compassionate toward the fates of its characters. Warts and all, they're likable dreamers in a town where dreams don't always come true.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2006
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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The interplay between hard facts and the dreams that are the currency of movie actors, agents and producers that gives Hollywoodland both its glitter and its grit.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's almost a good movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 8, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The movies love a tasty murder, which is why Ben Affleck has packed on the pounds, slipped on some tights and given this exasperating film far more than it gives in return.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 8, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's just another sordid tale from a city famous for them. But Hollywoodland explains so much about today's Hollywood, from the cozy ways the cops have always played ball with the studios and stars, to the career-killing pain of type-casting.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

September 8, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Want a place where everything ends nicely? Where even tragedies end in a lesson learned? Forget it, pal. It's Hollywoodland.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Hollywoodland is laden with atmosphere but moves like it has lead in its tights.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Hollywoodland, a fascinating, intelligent and probing new film noir about the unsolved Tinseltown mystery surrounding the death of actor George Reeves.

September 8, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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A bit of a hodgepodge -- unnecessarily complicated, clumsily structured, uncertainly directed and, as a whodunit, ultimately unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Hollywoodland offers three scenarios to choose from, but the mystery becomes less rather than more interesting as the film goes on.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 8, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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The film has potent things to say about the way Hollywood dreams can raise, then crush, the spirits of those with more ambition than chops.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 8, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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While it doesn't innovate, it does surprise.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Could it be that Hollywoodland is something like real life -- a muddle that goes down, down and away?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This isn't the sort of film you stand up and cheer for -- it's too subtle and dark for that. But it is a film that lingers in the mind, asking questions without answers, telling a story that has no clear ending.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

September 8, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Hollywoodland tries way, way too hard to evoke a corrupt, L.A. Confidential-like portrait of an Eisenhower Hollywood with a dark, hidden underbelly, to the point that the mystery of Reeves' death becomes all but irrelevant.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Like Affleck's performance, Hollywoodland has its affecting moments. But generally, it feels like an HBO original movie, where respectable but uninspired execution mars a fascinating subject and a great cast.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 8, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Coulter's mostly languid pacing doesn't create the right kind of film-noir urgency, and Hollywoodland winds up feeling like an imitation of a great movie rather than the real thing, a cut-rate Chinatown.

| Original Score: B-

September 8, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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In the noir tradition of Chandler and Hammett, little in Hollywoodland is what it appears.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2006
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Hollywoodland is filled with dazzling ingredients that never fully congeal. The sparks don't always connect. Nevertheless, they do sparkle.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

September 8, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The period details and performances are uniformly superb (Bob Hoskins is especially good as MGM executive Eddie Mannix), and the major characters are even more complex than those in Chinatown.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 8, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie doesn't build to anything dramatic or enlightening.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Hollywoodland has too many leaks. The movie is also too ambitious for its own good.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

September 7, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The movie plays as an engaging jaunt into the past, which not only re-creates old Hollywood but comments on the superficial and fleeting nature of fame.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 7, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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What's gratifying about Hollywoodland, a mood-inflected autopsy of Reeves' own hopes and dreams, is that while its characters may be prone to pathos, they elude easy pity by being mostly (if merely) human.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 7, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A character study of a low-rent private eye who gets in way over his head when he tackles a high-profile case, a role brilliantly brought to life by Oscar-winner Adrien Brody.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's not a definitive Reeves biography. It's not trying to be. Hollywoodland is after something more off-center, and more interesting.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 7, 2006
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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We could say, Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. But that just conjures up memories of the kind of mystery movie Hollywoodland only wishes it could be.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The elegant biodrama Hollywoodland presents all options in its meditation on the price of the American way of fame, a toll exacted even back when 'land' still completed the letters of the sign famously visible from high in the Hollywood Hills.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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To the credit of the director, the writer and the set design team though, Hollywoodland still succeeds, I think, as a minor period piece.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 5, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Like its protagonist, Hollywoodland has an easy, sleazy appeal -- a languid descent into the mystery's murky depths.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 5, 2006
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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For every Burt Lancaster, there have been thousands of George Reeveses, and Affleck pays them the kind of fond homage -- an offer of limelight -- that they otherwise never get.

September 5, 2006
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Bernbaum uses the doubt that has swirled around the circumstances of Reeves' death as a framing device that serves to enumerate the other possibilities... but that annoyingly distracts from the most flavorsome and involving matters at hand.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 18, 2006
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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This noir take on George Reeves' death has its high points but doesn't quite fly.

August 18, 2006
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