• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Barry Levinson
    In Theaters:
    Jan 19, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 2009
  • Magnolia Pictures


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What Just Happened? Reviews

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Christine Champ
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C+

May 6, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 84/100

November 28, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There's not a whole lot in What Just Happened? that would be out of place in a good SNL skit.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 16, 2008
James Berardinelli
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Jaw-droppingly arcane and dripping with self-regard.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 16, 2008

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.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2008
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Director Barry Levinson's What Just Happened? is about spoiled brats. But it's amusing.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 1, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Rich, soulless Hollywood types screw each other over in What Just Happened. And we're supposed to care?

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2008
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

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.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 7, 2008
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today

Though the movie is darkly funny, most people outside the movie business won't find themselves laughing too much.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2/4

October 17, 2008
Micah Towery
Slant Magazine

The film could be faulted for being another masturbatory exercise in Hollywood narcissism, but that's really nothing new.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 16, 2009
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2009
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

What Just Happened, despite an air of crisis, feels sluggish and plodding.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2009
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

The movie slumbers along as it ends up nowhere. Considering everyone involved, this is a disaster of epic proportions. What just happened?... indeed

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

November 3, 2008
Bill Gibron

What Just Happened? commits so many cardinal motion picture sins that it should be excommunicated from the entertainment arena on principle alone.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: .5/5

November 6, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Imagine if a Hollywood satire was about any other business -- would it seem interesting to anyone outside of Hollywood?

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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You'd probably need a veteran Hollywood psychiatrist to explain Tinseltown's fascination with its own muck.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 31, 2008
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