Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    Happily, this structure is as mercifully loose as Penn's melodies are tight. [Aug 2005, p.113]
  2. Hollywood's fractured tale is underwritten by melancholy music that splits the difference between Mann's Bachelor #2 and Penn's MP4. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.138]
  3. 80
    Penn's precision in balancing melody, mood and texture throughout nicely counters the often-depressing subject matter. [#69, p.106]
  4. There's nothing as immediately or enduringly memorable as "No Myth," but it's a solid piece of work throughout.
  5. Penn’s most unified sounding record.
  6. When it works, like on the rousing, sentimental opener "Walter Reed," "On Automatic" and "Mary Lynn," Penn knocks the ball into the bleachers, but there's an over-flow of mid-tempo pieces about halfway through that bring the record to a standstill.
  7. The best songs here suggest an alternate universe where Bob Dylan and George Harrison agreed to collaborate full-time.
  8. Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947 won't win any awards for innovation and probably won't yield any radio hits, but that's perfect. This album isn't about creating the perfect pop song, but about creating a story that bridges generations.
  9. Many of the record's vivid, detail-heavy vignettes come off like PBS docs: intriguing but a bit dull. [5 Aug 2005, p.67]
  10. As elegantly constructed as it may be, something's missing on Mr. Hollywood, Jr.

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