9 Star Hotel is an empathetic portrait of a particular human circumstance, but without greater context, it ultimately feels like only half the story.
| Original Score: 2/4
A documentary filled with immediacy but free of analysis, a fascinating but ultimately unenlightening record of [Palestine's] plight.
| Original Score: 3/5
A little voiceover commentary might add more than the sound of his panting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Like all good political documentaries, 9 Star Hotel is more anthropology than agitprop, a portrait of life among the young, poorly educated men who are caught between Israeli exploitation and Palestinian Authority corruption.
| Original Score: 4/5
Haar's handheld camera rawly captures the breathless scrambles and nocturnal disorientation of the fleeing Palestinians.
This 2006 film heightens our sympathy for the photogenic young guys and underscores the inherent irony of their lives.
A riveting portrait of disenfranchisement.
A documentary about the indignities suffered by undocumented Palestinian workers in Israel working on a construction site for a luxury hotel in a soulless "city of the future".
Haar's powerful and terribly sad film speaks volumes, not just about life in contemporary Israel, but in the U.S. as well.
| Original Score: 4/4