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Thomas M. Pryor,
New York Times:
While all the acting is memorable, one always thinks first and mostly of Miss Swanson, of her manifestation of consuming pride, her forlorn despair and a truly magnificent impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.
This is the greatest film about Hollywood ever put on celluloid by Hollywood.
Remains the best drama ever made about the movies because it sees through the illusions, even if Norma doesn't.
One of Wilder's finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood's scab-scratching accounts of itself.
...They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout.
What's not recognized enough is the indelible, self-sickened performance of William Holden as Desmond's boy-toy/hired hack.