• 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

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

May 6, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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A film that feels every bit the product of its purportedly ruthless and artistically corrupting milieu.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

November 28, 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
Tom Long
Detroit News
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What Just Happened? is just a plain clumsy movie.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

October 31, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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What Just Happened? has already happened and, to everyone but Levinson, that shouldn't be surprising.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The sharpest Hollywood satire since The Player.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 31, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The problem with Hollywood movies about the Hollywood film industry is: You've seen one, you've seen them all.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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In What Just Happened, we get a loving tribute to the movie business filled with disdain for the ethics of the people who work in the business.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There are cutting laughs along the way, and Keener plays the hard-nosed studio chief with an insider's acumen, but, really, Entourage is better than this.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Movies about Hollywood are as common as Jolie babies, and there have been broader, funnier, meaner takes on the business than this one. But this Barry Levinson version of real-life producer Art Linson's memoir is more movie-savvy than any of them.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

October 30, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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This satire is a perfect sendup of Hollywood with a marvelous cast, including De Niro in his best performance in years.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

October 20, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Sometimes silly, often scathingly funny, What Just Happened? finally possesses a winning mix of toughness and heart.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 17, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's a bit too inside to appeal to wide audiences, though there are some funny scenes.

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

October 17, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A movie that's perfectly good, and yet not good enough.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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If, ultimately, What Just Happened? emerges as slightly less than the sum of its parts, those parts are very good indeed.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's a tossup. Your call.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Happened deviates greatly from Linson's winning little book in its particulars, but retains its sustained melancholy mood of low-key existential dread and dyspeptic wit.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 17, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A fairly toothless Tinseltown expose.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 17, 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
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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The movie is brilliant at portraying the incredibly high stakes of the seemingly inconsequential and the tremendous amounts of money spent on it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The industry gags are pretty familiar, but De Niro carries this with the sighing, shambling-bear persona that's defined him in middle age.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 17, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Eventually it just stalls.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Hollywood is full of liars, back-stabbers, sycophants, would-be power players and rampant egomaniacs. And your point is what?

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 17, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The title of Barry Levinson's new movie, What Just Happened, is not phrased as a question, but if it were it would demand another question in response: 'Who cares?'

| Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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If truth is stranger than fiction, it's also, quite often, a lot more boring.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 16, 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
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Hollywood loves to satirize itself using its own medium. But with few exceptions -- The Player comes to mind -- the laughs are rarely as wicked as they should be, and the skewers barely break the skin. So it is with What Just Happened.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 16, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's another entertaining look at making films and a reminder that, with many of them, what goes on behind the scenes is the best part.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 16, 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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It has dryly obscene, laugh-out-loud lines, and its portrait of Hollywood as a giant anxiety attack is fused by De Niro, who musters a desperate, nagging warmth beneath his grumbly facade.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

October 15, 2008
Ben Walters
Time Out New York
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The script is sharp, and the ensemble cast a treat.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

October 15, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Levinson has assembled a fine field of actors, no question, but the going is too easy for them underfoot; movies about movies are old ground.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 13, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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What Just Happened? is a doodle, but its aura of dread seems earned.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 13, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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This intermittently amusing outing is graced by one of Robert De Niro's more engaging performances of recent vintage.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2008
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