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  • Starring: , , ,
  • 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. Mar 25, 2012
    1
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