Hollywoodland

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 59 Ratings

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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)

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Score distribution:
  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. 83
    While Coulter and company try gamely to forge two powerful stories, they manage, finally, about one-and-a-half -- which is a lot more than most films, and for which moviegoers should be grateful.
  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. It's a bit of a hodgepodge - unnecessarily complicated, clumsily structured, uncertainly directed and, as a whodunit, ultimately unsatisfying.
  5. 60
    Thanks to Lane, Hollywoodland, no great shakes as a thriller, becomes a quiet horror story about the monstrosity of time.
  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. Reeves had an easy but peppy presence that was very likable, and Affleck's moroseness doesn't do him justice...and it doesn't help that Adrien Brody--as the film's ­other protagonist, a burnt-out gumshoe--is more actorish than the supposed actor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 9 out of 25
  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 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. Collapse
  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 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. MovieGoer
    Sep 14, 2006
    7
    I was enthralled up to the point where Adrien Brody started swigging booze straight out of a
  4. Fantasy
    Sep 11, 2006
    4
    Star power galore; a story to die for; and the end result, is a discombobulated mess. The actors are all top caliber but the dialogue is Star power galore; a story to die for; and the end result, is a discombobulated mess. The actors are all top caliber but the dialogue is difficult to understand. [***SPOILERS***] And each time a storyline gets going, it is ripped away at the wrong time and nothing ever gets resolved. The ending is inconclusive and suggests nothing. As a result, the film leaves the viewer wanting more and thus is forgotten the minute you leave the theater. This could have been so much more in the hands of a veteran director. Avoid. Expand
  5. LewisP.
    Sep 23, 2007
    4
    The problem with 'Hollywoodland' is that the film's protagonist (played by Adrian Brody) is not involved in solving the The problem with 'Hollywoodland' is that the film's protagonist (played by Adrian Brody) is not involved in solving the central question posed by the film. Brody's private investigator's ordeal occurs when he tries to take his 7 year old son out for a little get-together while he's drunk without his estranged wife's permission. After the Act 2 ordeal, he subsequently experiences an epiphany and at the end of the flick we presume he'll be back in his son's good graces (and also feels good about himself to boot). Unfortunately for us he's never involved in solving the film's central question--did George Reeves commit suicide or was he murdered? Maybe this is a film that shouldn't have been made at all since questions about Reeve's death remain unanswered to this day. I'm not sure why people see Reeves as a failed actor. To my mind he was a better Superman than any actor who came after him. It's just unfortunate that there simply aren't that many good scripts out there for good actors. Ben Affleck was better playing Reeves' 'darker' side but didn't really capture his charm or sense of humor. The female actors were much better in this flick. Ultimately, the film lacked suspense and probably could have dispensed with the whole Brody story line (a sub-plot masquerading as the major plot). Expand
  6. Freakster
    Sep 13, 2006
    3
    Could have been so much better.
  7. Goffy
    Sep 11, 2006
    1
    Much ado about nothing. Poor effort.

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