Abdulla Alsaleh’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hollywood must really suck, huh?
While I was watching Sunset Boulevard, I could sense the amount of movies that it influenced in one way or another. Whether it’s the Hollywood setting being a clear inspiration for Mulholland Drive and Barton Fink, or the witty, snappy dialogue being the foundation for a similar style of dialogue being used in Network, many of the movies about making movies probably wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Sunset Boulevard.
Influence aside, the movie itself is great. It kept me engaged and entertained throughout its entire runtime, but it wasn’t anything mind blowing. I thought that the witty dialogue was great, although it did sound artificial and this style of dialogue was done far better by the writers that were inspired by Sunset Boulevard, like Paddy Chayefsky and Aaron Sorkin. I also thought that making Gloria Swanson constantly overact was a nice touch, since she, as well as the character that she was playing, were both prominent silent actresses who were used to overacting.
Sunset Boulevard works well as both a great movie and a scathing critique of Hollywood, although I’d argue that Hollywood producers have gotten even more ruthless than the ones portrayed here.