Hurlyburly (1998)

This comedy-drama focuses on a trio of guys who work in the film industry and share a Hollywood Hills house. The three are casting agents Eddie and Mickey, plus unemployed actor Phil. Exotic dancer Bonnie arrives to give Phil some sexual… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Gonsalves

Rabe has streamlined the dialogue, sacrificing a lot of funny throwaway lines without lessening the script's burden on our patience.

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Scott Weinberg

Desperately seeking Mamet.

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Michael Dequina

The trailer defines the term as 'tumultuous commotion, uproar,' and it could not more aptly describe this high-strung but virtually plotless film.

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Carlo Cavagna

This black alleged comedy wouldn't be funny at all if it weren't for Kevin Spacey's droll wit and silly bleach do. Sean Penn's self-indulgent performance and the unfocused script make sitting through Hurlyburly a chore.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

What may have worked on Broadway comes across on screen as pretentious and dull. ...neither funny nor revealing, just stuffy and longwinded.

Dustin Putman

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Depicts hedeonism as a grim exercise in cynicism, betrayal and emptiness.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

When the madness is all taking place in one room, as it does in the play, intensity is generated. When it's spread out across a variety of locations, the power of 'Hurlyburly' is quickly diluted...

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

Instead of unproductively pilloring the movie industry, Drazan and Rabe locate Hollywood as the site through which society can treat its conflicts and ideals

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
A great movie with incredible characterization.
Anthony Valletta
With this cast, the film should have been so much better than it is. It's a pleasant enough ride, that ultimately goes nowhere.
Laura Cameron
Self-indulgent b.s. Spacey proves he can talk a million-miles-a-minute about a whole lot of nothing.
Kevin M
Clever dialogue, great cinematics, and rolling plotlines. Those who appreciate educated English, method acting, and well-rounded characters, will enjoy this… More
Mike T.
I've read a lot of feedback to this film, which is by and large rather negative. I've noticed that people who dislike the characters occupying… More