A has-been filmmaker is hired to direct his ex-wife whos now dating the studio boss. But when he arrives on the set he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 05/24/2005 St... more »arring: Woody Allen Treat Williams Run time: 114 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Woody Allen« less
Lorraine R. from TROY, MI Reviewed on 7/18/2017...
This is one of the funniest Woody Allen movies I've ever seen!!
Deborah A. from SARASOTA, FL Reviewed on 8/16/2011...
I thought this movie was a delight. It is great to see intelligent comedy that is not based on the crude or stupid. Woody did a fine acting job in this movie as well. Not a movie that will change the world, but pure entertainment.
Daniel A. (Daniel) from EUGENE, OR Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
A somewhat typical Allen movie. Though clever, also too silly for the humor to be believable. The most obnoxious female cast of any of his films.
Has some very funny moments.
shankar_k | Indianapolis, IN United States | 05/01/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What a relief to finally see an intelligent comedy without any gross scenes! Of late, comedies have been more and more gross, thanks mainly to the sickening trend set by movies like 'There is something about Mary'. Woody Allen deserves credit for giving us 'Hollywood ending', a film that has some very funny moments. Woody Allen plays a washed-out film director, whose wife (played by Tea Leoni) has left him for a film producer (Treat Williams). Then this script comes into the hands of Treat Williams and his film company ('Galaxie films') and Tea Leoni thinks that Allen will be the best choice to direct it. She convinces Williams and his friends and then the laugh riot starts! Allen meets his ex-wife and the decision makers of Galaxie films and seals the deal (with some very funny scenes!). Come the first day of shooting and Woody Allen becomes blind (psychosomatic blindness). The rest of the story revolves around how he (with Tea Leoni's help) keeps his blindness a secret from everyone else and manages to direct the film. Woody Allen is very very funny and steals many a scene, with the best one being the one in which he meets Tea Leoni at a restaurant after he lands the directing job. Leoni supports him very well and Debra Messing ('Will and Grace') plays Allen's new (and not so bright) girlfriend. All the supporting actors are good, with the Chinese cameraman and his translator being the pick of the lot. Needless to say, the film directed by the blind Woody Allen gets horrible reviews initially, but then there is a twist in the climax that justifies the title - 'Hollywood ending'. The funny moments keep the film up and running and in the end, this is surely worth watching at least once."
A high quality movie
RickyT | United Kingdom | 10/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The recent critical backlash against Woody Allen is predictable but absolutely shameful. Look at many of the other comedies around, look at the shockingly poor standard of their scripts, and then savour the beautiful lines and exchanges in Allen's latest effort. Without resorting to placing 30 year old actors back in college, or relying on cheap gross-out gags involving animals, invalids, bare breasts or bodily fluids, he has written, once again, a smart, witty and enduring popular movie. Those critics who should know better will doubtless continue to chastise him for growing older, and retaining a distinctive style, and not selling out to some dubious money-spinning fashion, and then in a decade or so they will of course generously rediscover and "re-evaluate" these works in a more mature and positive fashion. Everyone else, however - the grown-ups - can simply watch this and other Allen movies now, and celebrate the man's talent, invention, intelligence and remarkable consistency."
Witty self referential and funny
Ian Muldoon | Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia | 08/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I like Woody, I like this film, and I like his love of film. Mr Allen's love of human beings, his compassion and understanding of our foibles, vanities, and his own foibles and vanities, shine through this fine film. I also like his truth - in some ways he his almost anti-Hollywood in the sense that he does not try to cover up his physical deterioration, as if to say " Well, he I am and here you are, and are we going to make the journey with a joke or a whine?" To me, despite the jokes in the film about his character and being a great artist, I think he is one of America's great film makers, and a great humanitarian, with a deep understanding of his art, comedy and us. This is a good example of his work and worth owning."
Funny, funny, funny
The Only Reviewer That Matters | 10/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't pay attention to the misguided critics of this delightful film. Woody's latest is very amusing, with several priceless scenes that rank among Allen's funniest. Sure, it's not the deepest or most thought-provoking film ever, but it's not meant to be. It is meant to be light, diverting entertainment and on that account it succeeds marvelously."
A pleasant surprise
T. murphy | east rockaway, new york United States | 08/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i was somewhat surprised by hollywood ending. it received so many bad reviews from critics that i went in not expecting much. but hollywood ending is easily one of woody's best film's in years, probably his best film since deconstructing harry.
many of woody's films are autobigraphical, and there's no question that woody is venting his frustrations at the movie industry and the american public when the #1 movie in america is alien vs. predator, and woody allen's movies barely break even in america. but he is still big in france, which he seems grateful for.
it's true that hollywood ending may not be hannah and her sisters or annie hall, but it's woody allen, and it's better than most of the crap out there today. thank fod for woody allen."