What Just Happened?
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Inspired by the personal memoirs of Hollywood producer Art Linson, Barry Levinson's fictional showbiz comedy stars Robert De Niro as a struggling movie producer who has just suffered through his second divorce, and slowly finds his soul being ground up in the machinations of the Hollywood machine. Ben (De Niro) is an aging producer whose career was already on a downward turn when his personal life went straight into the toilet. Not only is Ben juggling two ex-wives and a daughter who seems to have grown up overnight, but his colleagues seem to take pleasure in watching him suffer while he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film that feels every bit the product of its purportedly ruthless and artistically corrupting milieu."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"What Just Happened? has already happened and, to everyone but Levinson, that shouldn't be surprising."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Precise, smart, and very funny in its specifics but rather clumsy and obvious when it comes to the big picture."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's not Bowfinger but it's well worth the ticket."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"An insider's Hollywood story, Barry Levinson's film lacks the bite of other admired "movie movies", such as The Player, or way back, The Bad and the Beautiful."
‑ Des Partridge, Courier Mail (Australia)
"In some ways, What Just Happened feels like an attempt to, if not make amends for moviemaking myopia, at least show how easily the contagion takes hold."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The sharpest Hollywood satire since The Player."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Worth seeing, especially for people interested in the inner workings of the Hollywood machine, but don't go in expecting a laugh a minute."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"In an era where old rope such as Fast & Furious can strangle the box office, any reminder of Hollywood's clueless cynicism is more than welcome."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Daily Telegraph (Australia)
"I don't think it's particularly funny and I think that's the problem with the film. I think it wants to be funny."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"What Just Happened? is just a plain clumsy movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The problem with Hollywood movies about the Hollywood film industry is: You've seen one, you've seen them all."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's a pungent film about Hollywood power and a useful manual for young producers on how to stay upright in Hollywood or at least, how to lose your soul with grace."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"What Just Happened, despite an air of crisis, feels sluggish and plodding."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"It's a shame that the film doesn't ever really take off into the stratosphere, because so many of the ingredients are funny and revealing. But this is just another case where it was a better read than a film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
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