“ The comments by Guest and Bacon in the Extra Features section (evidently made years after the movie's release) are entertaining as well, adding another level of behind-the-scenes to this behind-the-scenes flick.
“ The most compelling character is actually Lydia who reconnects with the movie for a short while in the last third.
“ No story, no originality, and enough bad insider jokes to make you cry.
“ His project succeeds and is worth watching: Guest's does not.
“ Entertaining If Somewhat Over-the-Top Expo of Hollywood: "The Player" Meets "Play it Again, Sam" .
“ Big Picture is a likable if slow at times Hollywood tale.
“ Kevin Bacon and his character's storyline are compelling and involving.
“ Indeed, the more you understand about the Hollywood movie-making process, the more interesting and entertaining this film is.
“ Entertaining look at a bizarre cast of characters in oddball situations.
“ Walsh was very good as well, as the fatuous studio head, and the gag at the end where the young director's career is revived was very enjoyable.
“ This movie has some slow moments, and I found the idea that Kevin Bacon's character, an aspiring directory, would leave his girlfriend (played by Emily Longstreth) for a bimbo-actress (played by Teri Hatcher and one of the film's weakest characters) pretty unconvincing.
“ In general, I found the bimbo-actress subplot poorly done, and this was the slowest part of the movie.
“ I think she's the most fascinating character in this movie, I can't understand why she was out of movies five years after this, she is just magnificent here.