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Hollywoodland Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

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Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    62

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Ultimately falls short of reaching the pleasingly pulpy heights of an "L.A. Confidential" or a "Chinatown" despite those obvious aspirations.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Hollywoodland explores an intriguing bit of Hollywood history, and through the strength of its performances keeps us engaged and entertained.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The chief frustration of this otherwise well-made, well-acted, well-heeled picture -- a movie classy in its artful modesty, with every detail of plot and period furnishings lovingly conceived, every lick of jazz-influenced score true to the times -- is that it is so very self-absorbedly graceful about something so very insular and...unremarkable.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    With an uncredited assist from playwright/screenwriter Howard Korder, Hollywoodland features some tart, lively banter and welcome comedic touches.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Bloody, complex '50s-set noir for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this noir-themed film isn't appropriate for kids. It includes violence in the form of several reenactments of a central character's death (as murder or suicide, all possibilities featuring gunshot to his head), as well as repeated images of the crime scene (blood on wall and bed). Another dead body appears on a floor, shot by her husband. A detective is beaten by thugs, resulting in a bruised/bloodied face. Characters appear in bed, though sexual activity is more implied than visible. Major characters smoke incessantly, drink frequently (to the point of drunkenness). Characters use frequent profanity, including multiple "f--k"s and disparaging slang for ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation.

  • Families can talk about George Reeves' death, as it raises questions about ambition and depression, suicide, murder, and cover-up, in the context of the movie/TV industry. How do heroes serve as role models on TV or in other mass media? How can we understand these figures as performers, and as humans with frailties?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters lie, cheat, and undermine one another in order to pursue wealth and power.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Repeated images of Reeves' dead body, with blood on the bed, wall, and ceiling.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sex scenes, partially clothed, with activity indicated by sound (sighs and moans), by body motion, or (post-sex) by zipping up a fly; kissing; adultery; sexual language.

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent uses of the f-word; "s--t," and other curse words; disparaging slang for ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation; sexual slang.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: George worries about "Superman" being marketed on lunchboxes and elsewhere; Etch-a-Sketch, other 1950s products on display.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent cigarette and cigar smoking by major characters; drinking at parties and in clubs.

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