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Val Waxman is a two-time Oscar® winner turned washed-up, neurotic director in desperate need of a comeback. When it comes, Waxman finds himself backed into a corner: Work for his ex-wife Ellie who dumped him for the studio head bankrolling the picture, or forfeit his last shot and avoid a painful reconnect.
Romantic Comedy - Only the most devout of Woody Allen fans will find much to laugh at
in this weak satire of movie making. Older, more film-knowledgable
viewers are the audience most likely to enjoy the film. Younger
adults and certainly would not be interested.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Review Below Average "This may be Allen's worst film since the embarrassing
inside-Hollywood debacle ''Celebrity''; he ought to spend more time in the
entertainment business if he's going to send it up.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Average "...it's depressing to sit through something as lackluster
as Hollywood Ending. A forgettable comedy that shows no signs of
inspiration, the film has its share of funny moments and amusing one-liners, but
nothing that anyone will recall 15 minutes after leaving the theater. Hollywood
Ending feels like the product of an obligation rather than a creative burst.''
Review Above Average "I liked the movie without loving it. It's not great
Woody Allen, like "Sweet and Lowdown" or "Bullets Over
Broadway," but it's smart and sly, and the blindness is an audacious idea.
It also has moments when you can hear Allen editorializing in the dialogue.''
Review Good "Woody Allen is good for his funniest screen romp in a while,
thanks to a few evenly spaced standout scenes of laugh-out-loud intensity. Mild
(though affably so) and pushing the limit at 114 minutes, the picture also
benefits from the casting of Téa Leoni.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These opinions are quite high, especially for a Woody Allen film. With most of the opinions being "Very Good" and higher, it's apparent most enjoyed this movie very much.
I suspect a good portion of the lower opinions are from those attending this movie with a Woody Allen fan. I would say, if you're a Woody Allen fan this is a movie you won't want to miss. If you're not a fan, it might still be worth a look. Who knows, this might be the movie that makes you a fan.
Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.