Hurlyburly (1998)

David Rabe's popular play of Hollywood immorality and decadence is brought to the big screen by director Anthony Drazan and an all-star cast that includes Sean Penn, Robin Wright-Penn, Kevin Spacey, Meg Ryan, Chazz Palminteri, Garry… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Lethem

Hurlyburly earns its keep, in the end, with writerly flash and dramatic virtuosity.

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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.

Antonia Quirke
Independent on Sunday

All the time, you hear the wooden clunk of a theatre which still thinks that Eugene O'Neill is a great writer of natural dialogue.

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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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This glib talk-fest is based on David Rabe's 1984 misanthropic play about friends caught in the web of Hollywood hype.

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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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Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Talky film; but brilliant. Sean Penn is at his best.

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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