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Hollywood Ending


Woody Allen

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About the Movie

Allen plays Val Waxman, a one-time cinematic genius who's resorted to taking advertisement work to pay the bills for himself and his airhead live-in girlfriend, Lori (Debra Messing). Val finds his luck is about to change, however, when he receives the script for The City Never Sleeps, a period noir set against the backdrop of 1940s New York City. It seems his ex-wife, Ellie (Tea Leoni), now an executive at Galaxy Pictures, has been pulling for him to direct the picture, claiming he's the only man who can do justice to the script. She even manages to convince her boyfriend, Hal (Treat Williams), Galaxy's high-powered studio head, to take a chance on Val's "unique vision." Just when the cameras are ready to roll, however, Val finds that unique vision in jeopardy — literally — as he's struck with a psychosomatic case of blindness. When physicians and psychiatrists fail to cure him, Val contrives a scheme to forge ahead with the picture, for fear of blowing his one last chance at greatness.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 132
  • Fresh: 62
  • Rotten: 70
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Funny but perilously slight. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: Hollywood Ending just isn't very funny. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Though it draws several decent laughs, it's low-cal Woody at best. – Paul Tatara,, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Hollywood Ending has its satirical charms, but it repeats itself remorselessly, and it has no emotional center. – David Denby, New Yorker, Nov 17, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Funny, Light, and Worthwhile

This is a good farce, with classic Allen buffoonery and some great one-liners. I suppose there should be something disturbing about watching a blind man continually injure himself, but it’s all in good fun. Debra Messing is a riot as Allen’s girlfriend and Tea Leoni is, well, worth the price of admission alone.

One of my favorites of Woody's

Hilarious from beginning to end with laugh out loud scenarios throughout. Most of it is a little far fetched, but I just went with it and LOVED it!!! The ending has one of my all time favorite lines that still makes tear up when I think about it.

Hollywood Ending
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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

Customer Ratings