Hurlyburly Reviews

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April 2, 2019
Sean Penn gives another remarkable performance.
Top Critic
March 19, 2002
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Hurlyburly earns its keep, in the end, with writerly flash and dramatic virtuosity.
November 28, 2017
All the time, you hear the wooden clunk of a theatre which still thinks that Eugene O'Neill is a great writer of natural dialogue.
September 24, 2007
Rabe has streamlined the dialogue, sacrificing a lot of funny throwaway lines without lessening the script's burden on our patience.
July 14, 2006
December 6, 2005
August 11, 2003
This black alleged comedy wouldn't be funny at all if it weren't for Kevin Spacey's droll wit and silly bleach do. Sean Penn's self-indulgent performance and the unfocused script make sitting through Hurlyburly a chore.
May 20, 2003
January 10, 2003
December 8, 2002
November 7, 2002
April 20, 2002
Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. Seldom has a film betrayed its stage origins more than Hurlyburly.
March 2, 2002
Depicts hedeonism as a grim exercise in cynicism, betrayal and emptiness.
February 28, 2002
October 10, 2001
Desperately seeking Mamet.
May 7, 2001
What may have worked on Broadway comes across on screen as pretentious and dull. ...neither funny nor revealing, just stuffy and longwinded.
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