Hollywoodland Reviews

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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.
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland explores an intriguing bit of Hollywood history, and through the strength of its performances keeps us engaged and entertained.
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.
September 8, 2006
The pacing is slow and deliberate, but the story never ceases to intrigue.
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
[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.
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.
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.
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.
September 8, 2006
Want a place where everything ends nicely? Where even tragedies end in a lesson learned? Forget it, pal. It's Hollywoodland.
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland is laden with atmosphere but moves like it has lead in its tights.
Top Critic
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.
September 8, 2006
Hollywoodland offers three scenarios to choose from, but the mystery becomes less rather than more interesting as the film goes on.
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