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Hollywoodland Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 23, 2006
A well made film with high quality production values and good acting that just needed tighter editing and a more satisfying ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Starts with artful delusions before dribbling into nothingness
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 7, 2006
Its wayward script lumbers between the Affleck and Brody storylines without making a meaningful connection between them.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 27, 2006
A polished but puny imitation of yesteryear's detective yarns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 8, 2006
It's almost a good movie.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 7, 2006
Half the film is brilliant, half disposable. If only cutting it down the middle were an acceptable solution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
August 18, 2006
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland is laden with atmosphere but moves like it has lead in its tights.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 21, 2006
The fatal flaw of Hollywoodland is as basic as the mystery genre gets: too much detective, not enough detecting.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 14, 2006
Never makes a case that Reeves' death is worth probing, or even mourning; as on Superman, his humanity is utterly stifled by lousy production values and unrewarding stunts.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
September 8, 2006
Say all you want about Ben Affleck's bad movies. They at least give him the screen time he deserves. Here, his best performance in a long time is wasted in a well-acted, beautifully shot and wildly unfocused mystery-drama.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
September 7, 2006
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's pretty dull!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Danny Minton
Beaumont Journal
September 2, 2006
It's almost as if the whole point of the film is to simply ask some challenging questions, but cower out of the answers.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 29, 2006
Watching "Hollywoodland" unwind, it becomes clear that this is the movie Coulter and Bernbaum should have made in the twilight of their careers, after Hollywood had had its way with them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erik Childress
September 8, 2006
More closely resembles a poorly made tabloid instead of a film with just an identity problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 21, 2006
We want to understand Reeves and his life; corny sentiment around his death feels awkward and unnecessary.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 11, 2007
Tentando evocar a mesma atmosfera sufocante de Los Angeles %u2013 Cidade Proibida, surge como pálida (literalmente) imitação do excepcional trabalho de Curtis Hanson.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 8, 2006
The movie doesn't build to anything dramatic or enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 8, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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