User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. MaryJoM.
    Jul 3, 2002
    3
    Yawner.
  2. ZoeS
    Jan 19, 2005
    9
    I loved it. sure it was a little long, but that makes it all the easier to immerse yourself in the film. I found it very entertaining, with some beautiful and honest points on romantic relationships. As for all those so harshly criticising the film - if you don't like Hollywood period pieces, then don't watch these kinds of movies! Zoe.
  3. PatG.
    Oct 22, 2002
    10
    The era is created to perfection and there are superb performances from Kirsten Dunst and Joanna Lumley. Flawless acting and a totally unbeatable movie!
  4. Richard
    Aug 26, 2002
    7
    Ultimately a trifle, but a well-executed one with an earned poignancy. Excellent performances all around, especially a surprisingly sharp Tilly.
  5. SheilaS.
    Sep 6, 2002
    10
    10 out of 10 just for the cool Charleston dancing!!
  6. AdrianK.
    Jun 26, 2003
    8
    A bit long, but entertaining and fun. lumley's performance (as elinor glyn) - and pre-hardened louella parson played by tilly - make the movie worth watching until the end. while hearst's character is portrayed well by edward hermann, his behavior is odd and disjointed. would a man reputed as being so powerful buckle and cower under the influence of his not-quite-love affair withA bit long, but entertaining and fun. lumley's performance (as elinor glyn) - and pre-hardened louella parson played by tilly - make the movie worth watching until the end. while hearst's character is portrayed well by edward hermann, his behavior is odd and disjointed. would a man reputed as being so powerful buckle and cower under the influence of his not-quite-love affair with marion davies (dunst), even to the point of irrational behavior and murder? doubtful. but then again, it is a movie... great music, great one-liners, great humor, great clothes...good entertainment. Expand
  7. MiriamS.
    Apr 19, 2002
    6
    Well done period piece.
  8. SteveP.
    Aug 27, 2002
    5
    Disappointing and dull period drama of old Hollywood. The direction lacks any energy or wit or style.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm.
  2. The film is better on mood than on message, sharply etching the professional desperation behind the forced gaiety.
  3. Bogdanovich adds touches to appeal to serious film fans.