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. full review
What Just Happened? has already happened and, to everyone but Levinson, that shouldn't be surprising. full review
You'd probably need a veteran Hollywood psychiatrist to explain Tinseltown's fascination with its own muck. full review
In What Just Happened, we get a loving tribute to the movie business filled with disdain for the ethics of the people who work in the business. full review
There are cutting laughs along the way, and Keener plays the hard-nosed studio chief with an insider's acumen, but, really, Entourage is better than this. full review
Movies about Hollywood are as common as Jolie babies, and there have been broader, funnier, meaner takes on the business than this one. But this Barry Levinson version of real-life producer Art Linson's memoir is more movie-savvy than any of them. full review
Sometimes silly, often scathingly funny, What Just Happened? finally possesses a winning mix of toughness and heart. full review
It's a bit too inside to appeal to wide audiences, though there are some funny scenes. full review
If, ultimately, What Just Happened? emerges as slightly less than the sum of its parts, those parts are very good indeed. full review
It's a tossup. Your call.
Imagine if a Hollywood satire was about any other business -- would it seem interesting to anyone outside of Hollywood? full review
The movie is brilliant at portraying the incredibly high stakes of the seemingly inconsequential and the tremendous amounts of money spent on it. full review
The industry gags are pretty familiar, but De Niro carries this with the sighing, shambling-bear persona that's defined him in middle age. full review
Hollywood is full of liars, back-stabbers, sycophants, would-be power players and rampant egomaniacs. And your point is what? full review
The title of Barry Levinson's new movie, What Just Happened, is not phrased as a question, but if it were it would demand another question in response: 'Who cares?'