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Chelsea on the Rocks Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
October 30, 2009
A creative community is as fragile an ecosystem as any salt marsh and just as easily destroyed: Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates a hotel which nurtured some of the greatest talents of the twentieth century.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 29, 2009
There's a great movie to be made about the Chelsea Hotel; unfortunately, this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 29, 2009
It's a cheap, vicarious high to hear these unidentified denizens reminisce about the orgies and overdoses that seem to have been included with the rent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
October 26, 2009
Fond and funky elegy
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 19, 2009
Nostalgic and fun to talk about but not that much fun to listen to. At some point the dead will simply rest in peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 15, 2009
You may not learn much about the hotel itself from Chelsea on the Rocks, but you come away knowing exactly what it was like to live there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
October 14, 2009
A visually poetic, if erratically edited, portrait illustrating how "the energy of this hotel is bigger than the people in it."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 9, 2009
This is Ferrara's first documentary since 1977, and it has the crackbrained air of menace and the ferocious humor that mark his fictional works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 8, 2009
Unfocused and uninteresting documentary about the famous hotel for bohemians of all stripes.
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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 3, 2009
Often drags with poor editing and lack of sufficient insight while leaving you feeling unengaged and underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.85/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 3, 2009
...Ferrara has left a testament to a beloved place whose spirit has been corrupted by commerce.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 2, 2009
Ferrera's shaggy tone, which fits the iconic building, gets irritating. Still, if you come for the stories, you'll stay for the company.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
October 2, 2009
In need of a re-edit like few other films, Chelsea on the Rocks isn't so much bad as it is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 2, 2009
Chelsea on the Rocks rambles a bit, but it's a real slice of New York history that includes everything from Ethan Hawke recounting a hilarious story about Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller at the hotel to footage of the 9/11 attacks...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 2, 2009
An enraptured fantasia of high times at the hotel, the film is so intoxicated with the Chelsea's bohemian mystique it virtually consumes itself.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 1, 2009
Ferrara found a way to adapt his ramshackle style to the documentary format, and his new Chelsea on the Rocks works spectacularly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 1, 2009
Ferrara himself is no stranger to substance abuse or self-destructive impulses, and he's perfectly in sync with the Chelsea's spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
September 30, 2009
Not exactly art for art's sake, more like a case of film for historic preservation's sake!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 30, 2009
It makes sense that, within his own act of remembrance, Ferrara would include a hotel tenant's home-movie footage of the September 11 attacks. The underlying message, in both cases, is the same: Never forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 29, 2009
Chelsea rambles -- and in a way that makes you want to move down the bar.
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