A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
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Richard Schickel Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through.
David Ansen Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie.
Variety Staff Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.
Jonathan Rosenbaum This creepy satire is full of laughs and flaky twists, but by the end you may still be scratching your head.
Geoff Andrew Somehow everything coheres, thanks to the Coens' superb writing and assured direction, and a roster of marvellous performances. The result works on numerous levels, thrilling the mind, ears and eyes, and racking the nerves.