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Hollywoodland Reviews

November 23, 2006
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.
September 20, 2006
Take my word for it: Hollywoodland is well worth seeing.
September 14, 2006
Reeves had an easy but peppy presence that was very likable, and Affleck's moroseness doesn't do him justice.
September 10, 2006
... even though parts of the picture don't quite hold together, in the end, it sticks with you.
September 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland explores an intriguing bit of Hollywood history, and through the strength of its performances keeps us engaged and entertained.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
In his generous spirit toward a forgotten icon, Affleck turns the death-obsessed Hollywoodland into, of all things, a film about resurrection.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2006
The pacing is slow and deliberate, but the story never ceases to intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
The film, actually, is a little like Reeves himself: It starts promisingly and trails off into indistinctness and mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
[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 | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2006
It's almost a good movie.
September 8, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2006
Want a place where everything ends nicely? Where even tragedies end in a lesson learned? Forget it, pal. It's Hollywoodland.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland is laden with atmosphere but moves like it has lead in its tights.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland, a fascinating, intelligent and probing new film noir about the unsolved Tinseltown mystery surrounding the death of actor George Reeves.
September 8, 2006
A bit of a hodgepodge -- unnecessarily complicated, clumsily structured, uncertainly directed and, as a whodunit, ultimately unsatisfying.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland offers three scenarios to choose from, but the mystery becomes less rather than more interesting as the film goes on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 8, 2006
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.
September 8, 2006
While it doesn't innovate, it does surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2006
Could it be that Hollywoodland is something like real life -- a muddle that goes down, down and away?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
September 8, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: B-
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-
September 8, 2006
In the noir tradition of Chandler and Hammett, little in Hollywoodland is what it appears.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland is filled with dazzling ingredients that never fully congeal. The sparks don't always connect. Nevertheless, they do sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 8, 2006
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.
September 8, 2006
The movie doesn't build to anything dramatic or enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
A mishmash of fact, fiction and innuendo that sheds little light on Reeves' life or his death.
September 7, 2006
Hollywoodland has too many leaks. The movie is also too ambitious for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 7, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 7, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2006
It's not a definitive Reeves biography. It's not trying to be. Hollywoodland is after something more off-center, and more interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
September 5, 2006
To the credit of the director, the writer and the set design team though, Hollywoodland still succeeds, I think, as a minor period piece.
September 5, 2006
Like its protagonist, Hollywoodland has an easy, sleazy appeal -- a languid descent into the mystery's murky depths.
September 5, 2006
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.
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.
August 18, 2006
This noir take on George Reeves' death has its high points but doesn't quite fly.