• Unrated, 1 hr. 16 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Kang
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 30, 2007
  • Palm Pictures
  • The Motel
    2 minutes 1 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Motel Reviews

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The Motel gives the lie to all those mainstream teen sex comedies starring happy, horny gwailos .

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2006
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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Perhaps The Motel meanders a bit too much -- hard to do in a 76-minute film -- but it is an engaging little movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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It's a modest triumph of unflattering realism, proving yet again that a camera, a few good actors, the right material and a sensitive director are all you need to illuminate any particular aspect of humanity.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2006
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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There is honesty and integrity in the filmmaking and the performances, which make The Motel among the best character studies of the year.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

August 31, 2006
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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A well-worn coming-of-age tale enlivened by pungent detail and a sharp visual sense.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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Even if writer-director Michael Kang doesn't exactly break new ground, he imbues his debut with a quiet, compelling inertia that mimics puberty's rudderless drift, its burgeoning desire for something, anything, to change.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 27, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The film about of a teenage Chinese-American boy struggling with adolescent issues while working in his family's fleabag motel has the precise brevity of a well-crafted short story.

July 6, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Unlike so many indie films, Michael Kang's gently empathetic debut embraces eccentricity without drowning in its own hip irony.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Like the best independent films, The Motel realizes that life is made up of minor pleasures and tiny epiphanies, not sweeping character arcs or big dramatic moments

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 29, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Michael Kang Kang makes an impressive feature directorial debut with The Motel. But the person to keep an eye on is Jeffrey Chyau, a student at the Bronx High School of Science, who is a delight in the lead role.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 28, 2006
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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There's little originality in the joy rides, first kisses, and clashes with bullies, yet this 2005 debut feature by writer-director Michael Kang captures the small triumphs of a boy becoming a man.

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June 27, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Michael Kang's small, perfectly observed portrait of a Chinese-American boy captures the glum desperation of inhabiting the biological limbo of early adolescence.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 27, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The Motel, Michael Kang's modest Sundance applause reaper, doesn't deserve to be shotgunned for the sins of 30 other movies. But the underwhelming syncopation of make-nice clichés is too familiar.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 27, 2006
Tony Wong
Toronto Star
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Funny and real.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2006
Joe Leydon
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Indie coming-of-age dramedy about a precocious Chinese-American youth whose family operates a sleazy roadside motel signals arrival of a singularly promising filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 6, 2006
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