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  • Summary: Hollywoodland is a uniquely compelling exploration of fame and identity, inspired by one of Hollywood's most infamous real-life mysteries. (Focus Features)
  • Director: Allen Coulter
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 126 min
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The period details and performances are uniformly superb (Bob Hoskins is especially good as MGM executive Eddie Mannix), and the major characters are even more complex than those in "Chinatown."
  2. It packs surprising punch as a biopic.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    Hollywoodland is one of the nicest surprises of the late summer lull between blockbuster seasons, a smart period mystery--cum--character study--cum--bitter parable on the lures and liabilities of life in its titular locale.
  4. This summer has given us two Supermen to choose from in our own distemperate times: "Superman Returns" was for the starry-eyed idealists, Hollywoodland is for the bleary-eyed cynics.
  5. This overly derivative motion picture thinks it is doing and saying more than it is. Instead, it ends up as little more than a reasonable facsimile of the real thing, despite a subtle and effective performance by Ben Affleck, of all people.
  6. This movie might have been better if it hadn't fashioned itself as a cross between "Citizen Kane" and "Chinatown," and instead had used Reeves's story to dramatize the transitional state of 1950s Hollywood.
  7. Ben Affleck has packed on the pounds, slipped on some tights and given this exasperating film far more than it gives in return.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Randy
    Sep 23, 2006
    9
    Adrien Brody was superb, and what a complex, compelling and melancholy story! Whether George Reeves committed suicide or was murdered, it seems that the movie was saying that his life came to a sad end in a tawdry setting. Very thought-provoking film. Expand
  2. BillyS.
    Sep 8, 2006
    8
    Summer's over, now let's get down to business with the first "real" movie of the fall. Hollywoodland is a great start if you've been waiting for something with substance, not schmaltz! Adrien Brody has his best role since his Oscar winning "The Pianist" as a down in the dumps private detective and Diane Lane makes more of her role with another Oscar caliber performance, but it's Ben Affleck as George Reeves who walks away with the movie. He is so convincing in the role that you forget it is Ben Affleck. He's really acting here folks! Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney and Lois Smith also are memorable in supporting parts in a movie that's rich in characters and settings not unlike L.A. Confidential and Chinatown. Hollywoodland is a great start to the "serious" movie season that we might even see again come Oscar time! Expand
  3. NancyH
    Sep 9, 2006
    7
    Having grown up watching George Reeves in Superman, I eagerly waited for this movie. Ben Affleck did an amazing job--the cadence in his voice, how he held his body--all George Reeves. Diane Lane and Bob Hoskins were also excellent. [***SPOILERS***] The big disappointment here was Adrien Brody--I think he was miscast and the character wasn't convincing enough. But that was secondary--Affleck deserves an Oscar nomination and stole the movie. Expand
  4. DizzleBrizzle
    Feb 14, 2007
    4
    The character study of George Reeves, his sad life, and his even sadder death, was the highlight of this film. It is a shame most of the film focused on the mundane story of Adrien Brody's character. It was one of those films where you ask yourself, "who cares?" when the credits roll. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Sep 28, 2006
    3
    Worst movie I've seen in a while. At least Brody is interesting enough to look at.
  6. Bobbie
    Sep 26, 2006
    2
    This film was on my must see list and despite the mediocre reviews I went to see it. The movie is disjointed and rambles nowhere. Overacted in parts and jerks the audience away at the wrong inoppertune moments. And when it is done you are right back where you started but only totally frustrated. Very poor directing and is parts is difficult to understand what the actors are actually saying. Since these are professional, very good actors the blame must go to the director who had no clue what he was doing. Avoid. Expand
  7. Goffy
    Sep 11, 2006
    1
    Much ado about nothing. Poor effort.

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