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What Just Happened? Reviews

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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 28, 2008
...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 | Original Score: 84/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 16, 2008
There's not a whole lot in What Just Happened? that would be out of place in a good SNL skit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 19, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
Jaw-droppingly arcane and dripping with self-regard.
October 17, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
May 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Director Barry Levinson's What Just Happened? is about spoiled brats. But it's amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2008
Rich, soulless Hollywood types screw each other over in What Just Happened. And we're supposed to care?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
November 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
October 17, 2008
Though the movie is darkly funny, most people outside the movie business won't find themselves laughing too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Micah Towery
Slant Magazine
October 11, 2008
The film could be faulted for being another masturbatory exercise in Hollywood narcissism, but that's really nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 16, 2009
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.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 20, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
May 21, 2009
What Just Happened, despite an air of crisis, feels sluggish and plodding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
November 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 6, 2008
What Just Happened? commits so many cardinal motion picture sins that it should be excommunicated from the entertainment arena on principle alone.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 17, 2008
Imagine if a Hollywood satire was about any other business -- would it seem interesting to anyone outside of Hollywood?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2008
You'd probably need a veteran Hollywood psychiatrist to explain Tinseltown's fascination with its own muck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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