| Original Score: C+
...has small delicious moments, but it's a slight and ultimately minor movie about people we either don't much care about or actively dislike.
| Original Score: 84/100
There's not a whole lot in What Just Happened? that would be out of place in a good SNL skit.
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: 2.5/4
In some ways, What Just Happened feels like an attempt to, if not make amends for moviemaking myopia, at least show how easily the contagion takes hold.
Jaw-droppingly arcane and dripping with self-regard.
Sixteen years after The Player, it's apparently still all about making temperamental British directors change their endings and grappling with the casting of Bruce Willis.
| Original Score: 2/5
An insider's Hollywood story, Barry Levinson's film lacks the bite of other admired "movie movies", such as The Player, or way back, The Bad and the Beautiful.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Director Barry Levinson's What Just Happened? is about spoiled brats. But it's amusing.
| Original Score: 2.0/5
Rich, soulless Hollywood types screw each other over in What Just Happened. And we're supposed to care?
What Just Happened spends so much time on the inside of the moviemaking industry that it fails to consider one person outside who might find its story interesting.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Though the movie is darkly funny, most people outside the movie business won't find themselves laughing too much.
The film could be faulted for being another masturbatory exercise in Hollywood narcissism, but that's really nothing new.
The film must have great resonance in Hollywood, which loves nothing more than to see its innards hung out in proud dirty linen fashion, but the nebulous structure and meandering storytelling leaves the rest of us a little dissatisfied.
I don't think it's particularly funny and I think that's the problem with the film. I think it wants to be funny.
What Just Happened, despite an air of crisis, feels sluggish and plodding.
The movie slumbers along as it ends up nowhere. Considering everyone involved, this is a disaster of epic proportions. What just happened?... indeed
| Original Score: 1/4
What Just Happened? commits so many cardinal motion picture sins that it should be excommunicated from the entertainment arena on principle alone.
| Original Score: .5/5
Imagine if a Hollywood satire was about any other business -- would it seem interesting to anyone outside of Hollywood?
You'd probably need a veteran Hollywood psychiatrist to explain Tinseltown's fascination with its own muck.
| Original Score: 1.5/4