What Just Happened? Reviews

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May 6, 2011
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 21, 2009
What Just Happened, despite an air of crisis, feels sluggish and plodding.
November 28, 2008
A film that feels every bit the product of its purportedly ruthless and artistically corrupting milieu.
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
Well, what happened is that one of the smartest Hollywood memoirs of recent times just got made into a rather disappointing film.
November 28, 2008
More cold than cute, De Niro's brilliance actually makes the film more confusing than it needs to be.
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.
October 31, 2008
What Just Happened? is just a plain clumsy movie.
October 31, 2008
What Just Happened? has already happened and, to everyone but Levinson, that shouldn't be surprising.
October 31, 2008
The sharpest Hollywood satire since The Player.
October 31, 2008
The problem with Hollywood movies about the Hollywood film industry is: You've seen one, you've seen them all.
October 31, 2008
You'd probably need a veteran Hollywood psychiatrist to explain Tinseltown's fascination with its own muck.
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.
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.
October 20, 2008
This satire is a perfect sendup of Hollywood with a marvelous cast, including De Niro in his best performance in years.
October 17, 2008
Sometimes silly, often scathingly funny, What Just Happened? finally possesses a winning mix of toughness and heart.
October 17, 2008
It's a bit too inside to appeal to wide audiences, though there are some funny scenes.
October 17, 2008
A movie that's perfectly good, and yet not good enough.
October 17, 2008
If, ultimately, What Just Happened? emerges as slightly less than the sum of its parts, those parts are very good indeed.
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