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  • Summary: Hollywood Dreams follows the journey of a young woman from a small town in Iowa who arrives in Los Angeles deeply scarred by certain events in her childhood and profoundly obsessed with a life-long dream of achieving fame and stardom. (Rainbow Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Frederick is the key to the movie and she's definitely an impressive new talent, someone who can really hold the screen and who delivers something striking or memorable in every scene.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    The movie buzzes with the quirky rhythms of Jaglom's patented improvisational shooting style, and those of Frederick herself, whose go-for-broke zaniness recalls that of a former Jaglom ingenue, Karen Black.
  3. Jaglom's scruffy style doesn't carry it through. He puts enough toxic insincerity on screen to singe, though.
  4. 58
    It's unclear whether Frederick's an awful actress or a tremendous one pretending to be awful, but either way, it's hard to pity her nasal, pushy, babyish Iowa girl.
  5. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    50
    It's a very mixed bag. When it's good, Hollywood Dreams is corrosively funny and unexpectedly poignant. And when it's bad, it's over-the-top bad.
  6. 30
    Jaglom's 14th consists of his usual weakly improvised relationship comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. RachelC.
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    A brilliant, incisive and all-too-true look at the underside if the Cannes Film Festival and the ship of fools who gather there yearly to invent themselves and one another, Anyone who has been there will recognize the absolute truth of the characters played by these brilliant actors,writers, directors and wannabes. Expand
  2. ShandS.
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    Simply a masterpiece of painful and hysterically funny truth revealing the dark underbelly of Hollywood skewered even more successfully than in The Player. A great female performance by its brilliant new star Tanna Frederick, who takes chances and goes places of unimaginable truth. A Brilliant, tragic comedy-drama. Expand

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