Hollywood Ending (2002)



Critic Consensus: Although Hollywood Ending contains some zany one-liners, its promising premise is far from developed.

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A film director's last film is a hit in Europe but bombs in America, and he is considered to be past it. However, his girlfriend convinces studio bosses to let him make a film about old-time Hollywood. What the studio doesn't know is that the director is blind. He manages to do the shoot, with the help of his Chinese assistant and, of course, his psychiatrist.
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Téa Leoni
as Ellie
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
as Sharon Bates
Lu Yue
as Cameraman
Yu Lu
as Cameraman
Barney Cheng
as Translator
Neal Huff
as Commercial A.D.
Stephanie Roth
as Barbeque Guest
Lu Yu
as Cameraman
Isaac Mizrahi
as Elio Sebastian
Bob Dorian
as Galaxie Executive
Iván Martín
as Galaxie Executive
Gregg Edelman
as Galaxie Executive
Douglas McGrath
as Barbeque Guest
Bill Gerber
as Barbeque Guest
Roxanne Perry
as Barbeque Guest
Barbar Carroll
as Carlyle Pianist
Howard Erskine
as Carlyle Patron
Marian Seldes
as Alexandra
Anthony Arkin
as Audition Reader
Ramsey Faragallah
as Audition Reader
Olivia Hayman
as Balthazar Hostess
Peter Van Wagner
as Man in Balthazar Couple
Judy Toma
as Woman in Balthazar Couple
Jodie Markell
as Andrea Ford
Sarah Polen
as Seder Guest
Amanda Jacobi
as Seder Guest
Steve Hurwitz
as Seder Guest
Ruth Last
as Seder Guest
Robert Lloyd Wolchok
as Seder Guest
Steven Hurwitz
as Seder Guest
Joel Eidelsberg
as Seder Guest
Kenneth Edelson
as Eye Doctor
Ted Neustadt
as MRI Doctor
Peter Gerety
as Psychiatrist
Reiko Takahashi
as Movie Extra
Greg Mottola
as Assistant Director
Fred Melamed
as Pappas
Jeff Mazzola
as Prop Man
Erica Leerhsen
as Actress
Ray Garvey
as Grip
Rochelle Oliver
as Script Supervisor
Joe Rigano
as Projectionist
Maurice Sonnenberg
as Banquet Emcee
Mark Webber
as Tony Waxman
Mary Schmidtberger
as Galaxie Executive
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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (39)

Hollywood Ending has its satirical charms, but it repeats itself remorselessly, and it has no emotional center.

Full Review… | November 17, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

The premise may be outrageous, but the film is full of witty lines, delightful scenes and sharp performances.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It lacks critical mass and droops in the middle like a worn-out saddle horse.

June 13, 2002
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The frog prince of New York comedy again wallows in the middle of the frame as various familiar faces, namely various princes and princesses from television, dart about him like so many flies with a death wish.

Full Review… | June 1, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Hollywood Ending just isn't very funny.

Full Review… | May 10, 2002
Top Critic

Funny but perilously slight.

May 8, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hollywood Ending

Sadly ridiculous with probably one of the worst casts Allen has assembled for any of his films.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Frustrating. This premise had the potential to yield a very good Woody Allen film, rather than a merely adequate one. The blindness gags could have been much more creative and varied. Instead of just repeating the same weak dilemma of Allen being asked to choose between two props he can't see, why not go further? Show a hideous set with garishly mismatched colors. Show cast members being forced to dialogue in awkward positions: standing too far apart, or facing in opposite directions. Something. What's most surprising that the film-within-a-film's dailies are not shown at all -- this was an easy opportunity for humor lost. One might argue that Allen's comic style is more subtle, but he certainly wasn't above including a broad pratfall and multiple accidents with crashing objects. Still, the story's most annoying flaw is rather simple: Allen's character shows no ability whatsoever to turn his head to the sound of someone's voice. Come on...maintaining this much realism was possible. Meanwhile, Tiffani Thiessen's eye-popping bit part reminds us of what a superstar she would be, if she only could act.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

First and last thirds (when Woody's not doing his insultingly unconvincing blind man routine) are actually pretty nice. While I love Debra Messing on "Will & Grace," she's too smart to play dumb.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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