Mamet-the-writer is more distinctive than Mamet-the-director, but he manages a fine comic juggling act whose appeal isn't an attack on Hollywood but a failed breakup with it. A lot of the satire is easy, but it evolves nicely into meta games and moral fables. Pointing out that Hollywood produces assholes is old hat—more intriguing are the ambiguities that allow the Mamet surrogate to get what he wants and stay clean.
Hilarious and original. Some moments don't appeal to me, but those that do make the film worth watching. I can't imagine what making a film is really like but this certainly helped paint an interesting if not humorous picture. Great cast, great script, great directing. 4 stars easily.