Hollywoodland Reviews

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September 14, 2006
Reeves had an easy but peppy presence that was very likable, and Affleck's moroseness doesn't do him justice.
September 14, 2006
Bearing all the trappings of lazy cutting-room manipulation, it presents a puzzle hardly worth solving.
September 13, 2006
It wants to be the next Chinatown -- a film that's about an exercise in futility, but was savvy enough not to be one.
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.
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.
September 8, 2006
The film, actually, is a little like Reeves himself: It starts promisingly and trails off into indistinctness and mystery.
September 8, 2006
It's almost a good movie.
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland had me wishing for the improbable: that somebody would release the Ben Affleck movie concealed within.
September 8, 2006
It's certainly a juicy, real-life mystery; one that's explored with surprising non-commitment
September 8, 2006
More closely resembles a poorly made tabloid instead of a film with just an identity problem.
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland is laden with atmosphere but moves like it has lead in its tights.
September 8, 2006
A bit of a hodgepodge -- unnecessarily complicated, clumsily structured, uncertainly directed and, as a whodunit, ultimately unsatisfying.
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland offers three scenarios to choose from, but the mystery becomes less rather than more interesting as the film goes on.
September 8, 2006
This is an interesting story with talented actors and slick set pieces, yet somehow it winds up being less than the sum of its dazzling parts.
September 8, 2006
But the picture has serious problems, and in the end it sinks beneath the weight of its awkward narrative concept.
September 8, 2006
Handsome film that gets the details right but often becomes lost in its own sprawling narrative.
September 8, 2006
Could it be that Hollywoodland is something like real life -- a muddle that goes down, down and away?
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.
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.
September 8, 2006
There's little here to titillate or inform us.
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