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  • Summary: Allen stars as Val Waxman, a two time Oscar winner turned wash-up, neurotic director in desperate need of a comeback. (DreamWorks)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 37
  2. Negative: 6 out of 37
  1. Not perfect, and neither are life or the movies. But you'd have to be blind yourself not to relish its qualities or laugh at its barbs.
  2. This is an excellent comedy, and the fact that it's made by a filmmaker with even better movies on his resume is nothing to hold against it.
  3. It's a brilliant concept, one of Allen's finest. Love the concept, baby. But the execution is, well, average.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    For those always on the lookout for the "funny" Allen, this one definitely has its moments, but too much of the picture is flat, dispiriting and frankly unbelievable in fundamental ways that defy the granting of poetic license.
  5. 50
    The overarching joke, of course, is that most movies are so lousy they might as well have been made by blind men anyway. Hollywood Ending is only mediocre, but you may leave wondering, what's Allen's excuse?
  6. 40
    Serves as more proof, as if any were needed, that Allen desperately needs to devote more time to polishing his scripts, and less to heedlessly banging out one film a year, year in and year out.
  7. I only laughed once here, at a Treat Williams reaction shot; the rest of the time I was trying to figure out why Allen made this movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Sep 17, 2011
    Allen takes an interesting enough premise into sitcom territory in Hollywood Ending, an astonishingly boring and vacuous excuse for comedy, full of recycled jokes, plot, ideas, and scenes that ramble on forever with no end. Expand

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