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What Just Happened? Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Precise, smart, and very funny in its specifics but rather clumsy and obvious when it comes to the big picture.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Worth seeing, especially for people interested in the inner workings of the Hollywood machine, but don't go in expecting a laugh a minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
May 24, 2009
It's a pungent film about Hollywood power and a useful manual for young producers on how to stay upright in Hollywood or at least, how to lose your soul with grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 22, 2009
It's not Bowfinger but it's well worth the ticket.
Leigh Paatsch
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
May 22, 2009
In an era where old rope such as Fast & Furious can strangle the box office, any reminder of Hollywood's clueless cynicism is more than welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
May 21, 2009
What Just Happened, despite an air of crisis, feels sluggish and plodding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
May 21, 2009
An insider's Hollywood story, Barry Levinson's film lacks the bite of other admired "movie movies", such as The Player, or way back, The Bad and the Beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 20, 2009
I don't think it's particularly funny and I think that's the problem with the film. I think it wants to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 20, 2009
It's a shame that the film doesn't ever really take off into the stratosphere, because so many of the ingredients are funny and revealing. But this is just another case where it was a better read than a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 20, 2009
A welcome return to form from Robert De Niro, who has not been so proactively reactive on-screen for many, many years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 20, 2009
It's also mercifully free of the kind of phony pretensions to subversion and irreverence that weighed down, say, Robert Altman's The Player.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 16, 2009
The film must have great resonance in Hollywood, which loves nothing more than to see its innards hung out in proud dirty linen fashion, but the nebulous structure and meandering storytelling leaves the rest of us a little dissatisfied.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Based on the Art Linson autobiography, this half-baked insider parody tries hard to be madcap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 22, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 27, 2009
More understated than sidesplitting, this biting satire of showbiz offers an amusing enough inside peek at what life might be like in Tinseltown to remain recommended, its mostly inside industry jokes notwithstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
There are a few other clever pokes at Hollywood, but many of the jokes, including a subplot about a Sean Penn thriller that needs fixing, falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 22, 2009
Polished, coherent, rich with internal consistency... and sacrilegious for believers in The Movies
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 12, 2009
It is hard to empathize with the petty problems of people living in luxurious houses the size of hotels when so many people in American have lost their homes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Director Barry Levinson's What Just Happened? is about spoiled brats. But it's amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 31, 2009
Ao contrário do recente The Deal, este filme não exibe carinho nenhum por Hollywood (uma clara hipocrisia), o que tampouco o torna melhor do que aquela produção %u2013 ambos esforços terrivelmente inferiores ao genial O Jogador.
| Original Score: 3/5
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