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Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland

2006
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 6m
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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Hollywoodland

2006
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 6m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
95th
Loved Adrien Brody, loved Ben Affleck, loved the premise and the control. This movie stayed with me for days.
Rated 21 Feb 2016
43
36th
If it weren't for Ben Affleck and Diane Lane (both excellent), I would have given this a LOT lower score. It contains a bunch of things that hugely annoy me... trying to tell a story by way of disjointed flashbacks, and Adrien Brody (he counts multiple times). The whole thing goes COMPLETELY limp at the end with the inter-cutting-of-"home movies" sequence--it's too damn long, and fails to make a compelling correlation between the two characters' demons, though it kills the audience trying.
Rated 06 Dec 2007
70
61st
Nice little mystery. Unfortunately investigation of the death isn't as interesting as the flashback scenes.
Rated 16 Oct 2009
82
46th
Pretty good movie, kind of a dull ending.
Rated 28 May 2009
4
56th
Has a certain something, mostly with Ben Affleck being abnormally well-cast. The tragic focus of his character is the redeeming factor when the detective angle goes into ho-hum territory.
Rated 04 Jan 2010
73
52nd
Great roles by Brody and Affleck. The investigations are rather poorly written, but the good flashbacks save a lot.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
66
51st
Not the best old timey detective story, but I really liked Affleck in this.
Rated 06 Nov 2010
60
44th
"Hollywoodland" doesn't try to be breathtaking, but is a hugely engaging take on Hollywood and exploitation despite its subtle tone. The mystery is dense but evolves smoothly and the cast (an excellent Adrien Brody with support from Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins and a guy that resembles Martin Scorsese) is majestic.
Rated 11 Dec 2010
86
82nd
Surprisingly captivating, anchored by the performances of Ben Affleck and Adrien Brody. Diane Lane and Bob Hoskins are good as well. As it turns out the "investigation" isn't as interesting as the "why" and "how" Reeves ultimately died. And, ultimately, we still don't know. The film and the mystery is all the more compelling for it. I thought paralleling the two main characters was a fantastic idea, suggesting that Simo learned from Reeve's downfall.
Rated 17 Nov 2011
20
41st
"A polished but puny imitation of yesteryear's detective yarns." - Nick Schager
Rated 26 Dec 2011
69
27th
This movie was alright. The performances were good. I think I would have enjoyed it more if they had kept all the possible outcomes to near the end of the film.
Rated 26 May 2012
60
15th
Adrian Brody isn't one of my favorite actors, neither is Ben Affleck. I tried not to let that affect my judgement on this film. I actually really liked this movie for the most part. It had a very interesting story and I liked the time period that it was set in. I also had some working knowledge of this "suicide of Superman" case. Despite all of that this movie had some really boring parts and had a very vague ending that just ended up disappointing me. I liked it up until the end. Then... blah
Rated 22 Nov 2012
50
37th
It's good that the viewer is left to make his own conclusions in the end. Poorly written and too long though, but Brody and Affleck make this watchable.
Rated 30 Jun 2013
70
77th
It's a solid mystery that quickly turns its B-story of a troubled investigator into the main one, opening up as a character -- not case -- study. It ultimately works, in large part because of the parallels between the two plots, the way the world slowly looses its style as the timeline progresses, and because of how good Brody is in the role. And you won't see a finer representation of 1950s Hollywood anywhere. I quite enjoyed Hollywoodland, and definitely give it a recommendation.
Rated 24 Jun 2014
2
46th
Saw this a bit ago. Don't remember much other than it wasn't shit and Affleck was a decent choice.
Rated 13 Nov 2017
85
67th
BACK-FILLING LOAD OF FILMS NOT SEEN FOR A LONG TIME -> Recall/Scores may be 20-30% off. Not at all offended, grateful actually, if U want 2 drop me a cordial msg if think memory dulled a gem or gave a rosy tint to clunker. IE. Tell me WHY Im wrong & what U think I should score. Love film chat/debate|
Rated 19 Mar 2021
55
29th
A decent noir story told without personality (or in generic early 00s packaging). As schrader shows, noir is inherently about mood, but hollywoodland is too hesitant to settle on one. It takes on too many plotlines and can't tie them together tonally - touches slightly in passing many different core noir themes but never commits to developing any of them further.
Rated 06 Apr 2022
39
14th
Mediocreville.
Rated 07 Aug 2009
74
59th
Actually kind of underrated, in my opinion. Adrien Brody and...yes...Ben Afleck are fantastic.
Rated 29 Mar 2007
60
62nd
Good film.
Rated 20 May 2009
71
61st
Admirable for the way it presents all the evidence, and ponders several interpretations of Reeves' murder/"suicide" without forcing one on you. It is an unsolved crime, after all. It helps that this is also a well-made film, but compare that one difference to De Palma's Black Dahlia and this is leagues better. The ending leaves a bit to be desired, but Affleck is powerful in a role that somewhat mirrors his own career, and Brody makes for a serviceable lead. Good performances. Good film.
Rated 08 May 2009
72
46th
Brody and Affleck's performances alone are maing this movie worth watching. The rest of it is way too straight-forward for it to carry any real interest.
Rated 29 Mar 2009
64
32nd
Bad technicals, but otherwise all right everywhere else.
Rated 21 Feb 2009
60
29th
Ben Affleck's best performance.
Rated 26 Dec 2008
55
6th
Films that try to rehash noir dectective stories of the 40s/50s are always terrible no matter who they manage to get for the cast. Brody does not save this spiritless abortion of a homage.
Rated 12 Oct 2008
31
19th
I was really excited to see it, and then it turned out to be MASSIVELY.....BORING.....
Rated 28 Aug 2008
61
65th
okay
Rated 20 Oct 2007
50
29th
Compelling; held my attention. But kinda heavy and sad.
Rated 31 Aug 2007
66
49th
For some unusual reason, the best parts of this film were the flashback sequences that followed Ben Affleck as George Reeves and the months that led up to his death. In these sequences the performances were above par, and the story felt like it had a purpose in exploring the notions of fame and the Hollywood life. The main narrative, concerning the investigation of Reeve's death, felt sluggish and contrived with Brody turning in a bored performance. Kudos to the production designer and costumer
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
74th
It's as much about the death of the old Hollywood system as it is the death of Reeves, consummately manufactured in the cold, assured fashion of the biting, noir-ish style of Hollywood's yesteryear.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
74th
Hollywoodland is good (to me) because they present all of the possibilities of what happened to George Reeves, but don't force any on you. They let you make your own decision based on the evidence. There were a decent amount of moments when the film drags, but overall it's still good. Adrien Brody was excellent, and some might be pleasantly surprised to see Ben Affleck's performance as well. If you're at all interested in the story of George Reeves' death, give this a whirl.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
46th
Ben who ? Brody was the shit.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
48th
Three surprisingly good movies - a lurid biopic, an essay on Hollywood's culture of corruption and (an albeit half-baked) murder mystery - awkwardly grafted together.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
21st
Everyone's doing fine work, especially Affleck, who gives Reeves great humanity and dignity. But, why then, is this actually more Adrien Brody's film... Sincere and earnest, but match it against a film like "The Aviator" and it pales...

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