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Hurlyburly Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Rabe has streamlined the dialogue, sacrificing a lot of funny throwaway lines without lessening the script's burden on our patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carlo Cavagna
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.
| Original Score: D+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
Depicts hedeonism as a grim exercise in cynicism, betrayal and emptiness.
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
Desperately seeking Mamet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Lethem
January 1, 2000
Hurlyburly earns its keep, in the end, with writerly flash and dramatic virtuosity.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This glib talk-fest is based on David Rabe's 1984 misanthropic play about friends caught in the web of Hollywood hype.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 1, 2000
Talky film; but brilliant. Sean Penn is at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 1, 2000
It's amazing what you'll find if you're willing to look below the surface.
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Instead of unproductively pilloring the movie industry, Drazan and Rabe locate Hollywood as the site through which society can treat its conflicts and ideals
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
Capsule Review
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
The trailer defines the term as 'tumultuous commotion, uproar,' and it could not more aptly describe this high-strung but virtually plotless film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
When the madness is all taking place in one room, as it does in the play, intensity is generated. When it's spread out across a variety of locations, the power of 'Hurlyburly' is quickly diluted...
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 14, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: B

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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