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Hollywood Ending Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
November 17, 2015
Hollywood Ending has its satirical charms, but it repeats itself remorselessly, and it has no emotional center.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
The premise may be outrageous, but the film is full of witty lines, delightful scenes and sharp performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 13, 2002
It lacks critical mass and droops in the middle like a worn-out saddle horse.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 10, 2002
Hollywood Ending just isn't very funny.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2002
Funny but perilously slight.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 6, 2002
Woody Allen can write and deliver a one liner as well as anybody. But I had a lot of problems with this movie.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 5, 2002
[Allen's] been making piffle for a long while, and Hollywood Ending may be his way of saying that piffle is all that the airhead movie business deserves from him right now.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
The execution is, well, average.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
The whole thing feels thrown desperately together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 3, 2002
You'll wonder if the title of the new George Lucas movie -- Attack Of The Clones -- might not have worked nicely here too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 3, 2002
If all late-life male fantasies were as entertaining as Hollywood Ending frequently is -- well, we'd all have more fun at the multiplexes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2002
Every time Woody Allen seems as if he's through, he comes back swinging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 3, 2002
With Hollywood Ending, he's made three solid comedies in a row, each a light lark with no hint of morose self-reflection.
| Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2002
Hollywood Ending feels sadly like Woody Allen's ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 3, 2002
Destined to make Allen's fans around the world giggle, guffaw and shiver with delight.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 3, 2002
It's as if Allen, at 66, has stopped challenging himself.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
May 3, 2002
Though it draws several decent laughs, it's low-cal Woody at best.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2002
I liked the movie without loving it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Fujiwara
Boston Globe
May 3, 2002
Hollywood Ending is a small film, but its ease and grace are virtues that can't be overrated.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 3, 2002
Allen's funniest and most likeable movie in years.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 2, 2002
While Hollywood Ending has its share of belly laughs (including a knockout of a closing line), the movie winds up feeling like a great missed opportunity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 2, 2002
For a movie considerably longer than Allen's usual 90 minutes, Hollywood Ending is curiously underdeveloped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 2, 2002
Woody Allen used to ridicule movies like Hollywood Ending. Now he makes them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2002
Whether this is art imitating life or life imitating art, it's an unhappy situation all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2002
The more the film struggles to entertain, the less funny it becomes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 2, 2002
A flaccid farce peppered with bland performances, meaningless-humorless scenes and a scattering of old jokes, many of which don't work.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 2, 2002
A 40-carat cinematic jewel for anyone who has ever wondered about the insanity of a movie shot on location.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 2, 2002
Inspired in stretches and offers Allen the actor the best role he's had in ages.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2002
For Woody, it's looking more and more like the end of his days of whine and neurosis.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 2, 2002
The comedy is perfunctory and rarely worth more than a chuckle, and all of the attacks on the film industry come across as shallow and familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 1, 2002
This affable outing wills itself to a higher level on the strength of a few standout scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 1, 2002
Allen is both more scathingly funny and self-deprecatingly vulnerable than he's seemed since Annie Hall.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 1, 2002
A consistently funny comedy about movie-making that never quite reaches the heights of Woody's best work.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 1, 2002
It isn't junk, but it sure isn't the Allen we used to know.
| Original Score: C-
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 1, 2002
Once the energy from the jokes dies down, we're left with a project so stale you feel like opening a window to let some air in.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
April 30, 2002
Val's condition mainly facilitates some agreeable (if klutzily staged) pratfalls and a few tepid snickers about artistic 'vision.'
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2002
This film definitely feels like one that got away.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 25, 2002
For the first time in several years, Mr. Allen has surpassed himself with the magic he's spun with the Hollywood empress of Ms. Leoni's Ellie.