75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Frederick is the key to the movie and she's definitely an impressive new talent, someone who can really hold the screen and who delivers something striking or memorable in every scene.
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70

Village Voice

The movie buzzes with the quirky rhythms of Jaglom's patented improvisational shooting style, and those of Frederick herself, whose go-for-broke zaniness recalls that of a former Jaglom ingenue, Karen Black.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Jaglom's scruffy style doesn't carry it through. He puts enough toxic insincerity on screen to singe, though.
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63

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A must for Jaglom fans. For other viewers, it will depend upon how much they can take of Jaglom's improvisational style and Frederick's over-the-top, tear-filled acting.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Once again brushing aside critical drubbings and public indifference, determined independent auteur Henry Jaglom follows up the abysmal "Let's Go Shopping" with something far better: an old-school Hollywood cautionary tale about -- what else? -- Hollywood.
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60

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Knowing but never jaded, Hollywood Dreams is driven by Ms. Frederick's no-boundaries commitment to her broken character, a performance that's as startling as it is touching. In Mr. Jaglom's maverick hands, the appeal of illusion over reality is both fatal and irresistible.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Does a number of sly things.
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50

Los Angeles Times

It's a very mixed bag. When it's good, Hollywood Dreams is corrosively funny and unexpectedly poignant. And when it's bad, it's over-the-top bad.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's not unusual for a Henry Jaglom film to fall into a black hole of narcissism, but he has outdone himself with his latest, a satire on Hollywood's unshakable self-absorption.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.
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52 out of 100
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