What Just Happened? Reviews

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August 15, 2011
Precise, smart, and very funny in its specifics but rather clumsy and obvious when it comes to the big picture.
August 30, 2009
Worth seeing, especially for people interested in the inner workings of the Hollywood machine, but don't go in expecting a laugh a minute.
May 24, 2009
It's a pungent film about Hollywood power and a useful manual for young producers on how to stay upright in Hollywood or at least, how to lose your soul with grace.
May 22, 2009
It's not Bowfinger but it's well worth the ticket.
May 22, 2009
In an era where old rope such as Fast & Furious can strangle the box office, any reminder of Hollywood's clueless cynicism is more than welcome.
May 20, 2009
It's a shame that the film doesn't ever really take off into the stratosphere, because so many of the ingredients are funny and revealing. But this is just another case where it was a better read than a film.
May 20, 2009
A welcome return to form from Robert De Niro, who has not been so proactively reactive on-screen for many, many years.
May 20, 2009
It's also mercifully free of the kind of phony pretensions to subversion and irreverence that weighed down, say, Robert Altman's The Player.
February 27, 2009
More understated than sidesplitting, this biting satire of showbiz offers an amusing enough inside peek at what life might be like in Tinseltown to remain recommended, its mostly inside industry jokes notwithstanding.
February 22, 2009
Polished, coherent, rich with internal consistency... and sacrilegious for believers in The Movies
December 21, 2008
Although slightly scathing in its cynical look at highly paid Hollywood hacks rambunctiously jumping through artistic creative hoops, Happened is impishly on the spot in its aimless ribbing at movie wheeling-and-dealing madness.
December 11, 2008
This is the cannibal conga line that is the Hollywood food chain.
November 29, 2008
Insider's satire on the backroom business aspects of Hollywood.
November 28, 2008
A playful industry satire made by victors. That's actually pretty cold when you think about it.
November 28, 2008
A film that feels every bit the product of its purportedly ruthless and artistically corrupting milieu.
November 28, 2008
Compared to the likes of Adaptation and The Player, What Just Happened? is flyweight. De Niro is amiable enough in the lead role, but he's left to trot around a story that not so much bites the hand that feeds it as licks the palm.
November 28, 2008
The crisp and merciless ribbing of De Niro in What Just Happened? is a worthy rival. It's also great fun.
November 28, 2008
Pure razzle-dazzle, of course - fittingly for this industry, it's a con-trick.
November 28, 2008
Linson has drawn his fangs, opting for mild, Entourage-lite parody instead of a full-on Player stitch-up.
November 28, 2008
A send-up of Hollywood and its stars, this is the best film industry satire since The Player. Funnier, too.
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