What Just Happened?
What Just Happened? (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What Just Happened has some inspired comic moments, but this inside-baseball take on Hollywood lacks satirical bite.

David Jenkins
Time Out

A film that feels every bit the product of its purportedly ruthless and artistically corrupting milieu.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

What Just Happened? has already happened and, to everyone but Levinson, that shouldn't be surprising.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Precise, smart, and very funny in its specifics but rather clumsy and obvious when it comes to the big picture.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The sharpest Hollywood satire since The Player.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Worth seeing, especially for people interested in the inner workings of the Hollywood machine, but don't go in expecting a laugh a minute.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

What Just Happened? is just a plain clumsy movie.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The problem with Hollywood movies about the Hollywood film industry is: You've seen one, you've seen them all.

Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Ben: You're an agent. Delivering bad news is part of your job description.  "Admit nothing." What Just Happened? is a decent attempt at… More
Lewis C.
What Just Happened reminded me of Entourage, from beginning to end. I expected Vince and the boys to come sauntering on screen at any second. That never… More
Alex roy
What Just Happened? Is a unique comedy that has plenty of laughs. The comedy displayed on screen is off the wall, and may not appeal to a large audience, but… More
Devon Bott
Robert DeNiro plays a bigtime hollywood producer who walks a constant tightrope between placating the petulant creative forces and the studio executives with… More
jay nixon
Who cares.
Lady D'arbanville
A very odd film, a great star cast with a great level of acting, but the plot was incredibly boring, the highlight of which was will Bruce willis shave off his… More