Hollywood Dreams
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When an aspiring young starlet from Iowa falls in love with a handsome and promising young actor, she finds her dreams of fame slowly fading in a poignant tale of show-business aspirations from director Henry Jaglom. Upon arriving in Los Angeles to seek her fortune on film and stage, an innocent girl from Iowa (Tanna Frederick) falls for a talented rising star (Justin Kirk). As the pair tenuously attempts to balance their burgeoning romance with the vivid dreams of stardom, the demands of their careers soon begin to take precedence over the simple pleasures in life.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is one of Jaglom's most curious and oddly moving films."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The balance of this indie production (Jaglom's 14th) consists of his usual weakly improvised relationship comedy."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Another clumsy Jaglom vanity project that's as grating as fingernails on a blackboard."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The director lets actors do their thing, to a fault, which makes Frederick's blitzkrieg of a performance often off-putting but occasionally mesmerizing."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Too often Jaglom's touch is slightly off, piling up a mountain of absurdist scenes rife with oddball, "human" behavior that tests viewer patience."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"I've been among the unbelievers, but Hollywood Dreams turned me around -- to a point. Perhaps it's because the film is among Jaglom's best, love him or leave him."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Jaglom's Hollywood Dreams are far closer to reality than they might seem. Unfortunately."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"This film is too out there for a strong recommendation."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"An indifferent stylist at best, [Jaglom's] films stand or fall depending on the talent and appeal of his leads, and he's found a good one in Frederick."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like John Cassavetes and Martin Scorsese, Jaglom knows how to push a scene into realms of such emotional nakedness that the viewer starts to feel like a voyeur looking in on relationships that are none of his or her business."
‑ Jim Hemphill, Reel.com
"It's the Hollywood dream factory as seen through [director] Jaglom's lens, and it's often out of focus."
‑ Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Director] Jaglom's scruffy style doesn't carry it through. He puts enough toxic insincerity on screen to singe, though."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"This is a quirky little movie that may have some people heading for the exits before the first 15 minutes have passed."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"An exceedingly modest comedy an annoying motormouth with almost nothing interesting to say. ... If I ever laughed, I don't remember it."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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