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Hotel (2001)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

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Following up on his innovative work Timecode, which featured four stories being told in real time simultaneously, Mike Figgis returns to a modified form of his technique in this film about the tourists, the prostitutes, the tour guides, a killer, and a film crew who frequent the Hungarian Palace Hotel in Venice, Italy. A corrupt Eastern European politician and his moll are visiting the city to complete a shady business deal while Sophie is a high-priced call girl who makes an office in one of


Drama, Horror

Mike Figgis

Jul 26, 2005

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (16) | DVD (4)

Wears out its welcome pretty fast.

October 3, 2003
Washington Post
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Pretentious avant-garde comedy.

September 26, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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A movie that works in no conventional sense, and succeeds in several unconventional ones.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Pretensions permeate Hotel, which, as a movie about movies, is the cinematic equivalent of a humor column in The Hollywood Reporter.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It's a love-it-or- hate-it proposition.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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If you came across Hotel playing on monitors in a museum of contemporary art it would grab your attention for a while, but as a movie, it's too pretentious, too confusing and just too much.

July 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Its convoluted, highly allegorical story line will put off many. However, it is certainly a fresh and original take on digital cinema, and, for no other reason, it may be appreciated as a film stretching the very form of filmmaking.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

A crystal-clear example of what happens when actors and filmmakers congregate with too much time on their hands.

August 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

Are you trying to tell me that Salma Hayek actually understood this script and I did not?

August 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

it's through its anarchic, try-anything chutzpah that this bizarrely erotic satire succeeds and entertains

September 30, 2004

A train wreck of a film whose chaotic, partly improvised story and too-tricky mix of film stocks, image sizes, split-screen effects and color/B&W footage overwhelm some phenomenally beautiful sequences and a memorable performance by Saffron Burroughs.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Figgis cooks up fewer memorable cinematic tricks here than in Time Code, his previous picture, but he still deserves credit for taking more artistic chances than a dozen ordinary directors.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Mainly there's a lot of rambling, posing and the smell of everyone involved giving in to the worst sort of art-damaged self-indulgence.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

An early favorite for Worst Film of 2003

July 21, 2003 Full Review Source:

The plot is so insane that we never get a grip on what's going on, so we never care at all about the characters or situations.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Hotel

Odd film this. Odd and pretentious. I quite like odd films but not pretentious ones. It has an interesting cast and is an interesting experiment but Mike Figgis really needs to put his hands up and own up to this being a terrible mistake. He?s a great director though so I?ll forgive him but for anyone else, that would be it!
September 29, 2009

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[font=Century Gothic]With "Hotel", director Mike Figgis cuts down on some of the same techniques he used in his previous experimental film, "Time Code", like multiple images and filming in real time(which works better in a thriller like "24", anyway). This time he comes up with something approaching a lucid narrative. The movie is about the production of a film version of "The Duchess of Malfi" in Venice under Dogme 95 rules(although technically you could not make a period piece under those rules...) by a maniacal director(Rhys Ifans) which is being recorded for posterity by a documentary filmmaker(Salma Hayek). [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Hotel" gets off to a good start but becomes incoherent about the time that Burt Reynolds shows up. There are several sex scenes which have no context and a mistaken identity subplot is never resolved. Michael Winterbottom did a much better job and had much more fun with with the similarly themed "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story".[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]It seems like the large and varied cast is improvising much of the dialogue, giving actors including Rhys Ifans, Salma Hayek and Julian Sands free rein to dominate over everybody else. Surprisingly, David Schwimmer is the calm in the middle of the storm.[/font]
June 2, 2006
Walter M.

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