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5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 56
  2. Negative: 16 out of 56
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  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.
  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 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 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. AlfonsoM.
    Feb 16, 2007
    8
    It was a great picture. The cinematography is top notch as well as costumes and the editing, a nice surprise
  5. Sam
    Mar 19, 2007
    7
    Great performances, especially from Diane Lane, and a Clue-like way to present the various theories raise this above the average, now-abundant, "unsolved murder" movie frenzy that has been taking over the big screen lately.
  6. Neeni
    Sep 17, 2006
    8
    At last a film for grownups. Well acted, well-directed, clever script. If the ending seems problematic-well, folks--it's a mystery! You're free to choose your own ending.
  7. MovieGoer
    Sep 14, 2006
    7
    I was enthralled up to the point where Adrien Brody started swigging booze straight out of a
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    70
    Features an excellent cast all of whom shine. Affleck as Reeves has never seemed more charming and Brody’s Louis Simo is pretty much a scumbag who still manages to gain our empathy.
  2. Ultimately falls short of reaching the pleasingly pulpy heights of an "L.A. Confidential" or a "Chinatown" despite those obvious aspirations.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    First-time scripter Paul Bernbaum's framing story, designed to stir up suspicion that George Reeves was a murder victim rather than a suicide, unfortunately proves far less intriguing than does the melancholy tale of a limited actor reaching the end of the line during a transitional period in Hollywood.