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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 100
    John McMurtrie San Francisco Chronicle

    Ambitious and brilliant. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    What Andersen does best is capture the sense of growing up and living among the landmarks of Hollywood's authentic back lot. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A terrific cinematic essay that will have a very, very long shelf life. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Smart, funny, stimulating. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    So terrifically entertaining, it would be a shame if it didn't inspire a companion piece on New York. show more

  • 100
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Andersen makes humorous hay out of the stark home designs of Richard Neutra — only suitable, it seems, for drug dealers. show more

  • 90
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Thom Andersen's idiosyncratic, three-hour masterpiece is both a dazzling work of film criticism and a fascinating piece of urban anthropology. show more

  • 40

    Andersen makes a far from inspiring guide, intoning his humourless points in a dry-as-powder monotone. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Gliding from the physical to the metaphysical, Andersen reveals how films like ''Chinatown'' effectively remade the reality of Los Angeles, replacing history with myth in a way that now anchors the city more than that history itself does. show more

  • 75
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    Gives us a fresh way to think not only about movies but about the town in which so many of them are made, and in that regard it's kind of amazing. show more

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