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What Just Happened? Reviews

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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 28, 2008
A film that feels every bit the product of its purportedly ruthless and artistically corrupting milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 31, 2008
What Just Happened? is just a plain clumsy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 31, 2008
What Just Happened? has already happened and, to everyone but Levinson, that shouldn't be surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 31, 2008
The sharpest Hollywood satire since The Player.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2008
The problem with Hollywood movies about the Hollywood film industry is: You've seen one, you've seen them all.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 20, 2008
This satire is a perfect sendup of Hollywood with a marvelous cast, including De Niro in his best performance in years.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 17, 2008
Sometimes silly, often scathingly funny, What Just Happened? finally possesses a winning mix of toughness and heart.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 17, 2008
It's a bit too inside to appeal to wide audiences, though there are some funny scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 17, 2008
A movie that's perfectly good, and yet not good enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2008
If, ultimately, What Just Happened? emerges as slightly less than the sum of its parts, those parts are very good indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 17, 2008
It's a tossup. Your call.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 17, 2008
A fairly toothless Tinseltown expose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 17, 2008
The industry gags are pretty familiar, but De Niro carries this with the sighing, shambling-bear persona that's defined him in middle age.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 17, 2008
Eventually it just stalls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 17, 2008
Hollywood is full of liars, back-stabbers, sycophants, would-be power players and rampant egomaniacs. And your point is what?
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 17, 2008
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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 16, 2008
If truth is stranger than fiction, it's also, quite often, a lot more boring.
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles CityBeat
October 16, 2008
Even when popping pills, the characters come across about as glamorous as a car salesman with a flask in his drawer
| Original Score: B-
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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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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 16, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 16, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
Jaw-droppingly arcane and dripping with self-regard.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 15, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 15, 2008
The script is sharp, and the ensemble cast a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 13, 2008
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 13, 2008
What Just Happened? is a doodle, but its aura of dread seems earned.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 23, 2008
This intermittently amusing outing is graced by one of Robert De Niro's more engaging performances of recent vintage.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 19, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 19, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4