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The mysterious and unexpected death of an iconic Hollywood star may be just the tip of an iceberg of scandal in this showbiz drama based on a true story. George Reeves (played by Ben Affleck) was a journeyman actor who had played a small role in Gone With the Wind and appeared onscreen with the likes of James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich, but his career was not exactly booming when he was cast as comic-book hero Superman in a 1951 B-movie, Superman and the Mole Men. A year later, the producers of the movie launched a syndicated Superman television series with Reeves returning as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's worth seeing for Affleck alone, deftly communicating the distance between the put-on cardboard debonairness of this hunk-about-town and the gnawing uncertainties beneath his Superman outfit."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"... even though parts of the picture don't quite hold together, in the end, it sticks with you."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Outside of the novelty of seeing Ben Affleck assaying a dramatic role, there isn't much in Hollywoodland to keep us hooked."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Like Ben from Bennifer, George Reeves aspired to be a Great Actor, but was weighed down by audience expectations. Affleck does a terrific job with this role."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"May not have all the answers about the death of one of the icons behind the big red 'S,' but by gathering one of the better ensembles of the year, it makes the legend interesting again."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Take my word for it: Hollywoodland is well worth seeing."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"In this bland, ultimately dull reimagining, the question of who killed Superman turns out to be less of a mystery than a plodding attempt at what has been done so much better before."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Starts with artful delusions before dribbling into nothingness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Strong ensemble performances, tight direction, and a stand out from Affleck make this an excellent revisiting of an old Hollywood case..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Tentando evocar a mesma atmosfera sufocante de Los Angeles %u2013 Cidade Proibida, surge como pálida (literalmente) imitação do excepcional trabalho de Curtis Hanson."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Reeves had an easy but peppy presence that was very likable, and Affleck's moroseness doesn't do him justice."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Hollywoodland explores an intriguing bit of Hollywood history, and through the strength of its performances keeps us engaged and entertained."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Despite a stellar cast, Coulter and screenwriter Paul Bernbaum can’t decide whether to plumb the depths of 'noir' or tug at the heartstrings of failed ambition."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"every bit as ambitious, if never as flawed, as the characters it portrays."
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"From a character point of view, Adrien Brodey's emotional journey as a broken down investigator and a broken down father from a broken marriage, is the film's incomplete centrepiece, Ben Affleck's superb portrayal of George Reeves notwithstanding."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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