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Chelsea Walls Reviews

Todd McCarthy
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October 18, 2008
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
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Pretension, in its own way, is a form of bravery. For this reason and this reason only -- the power of its own steadfast, hoity-toity convictions -- Chelsea Walls deserves a medal.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 5, 2002

Chicago Tribune
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It is dead on the inside, never quite achieving the movements and emotional solidity the material demands.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hawke's actors are a talented troupe, and even when things get self-indulgent and fuzzy-headed (and boy, do they!), interesting stuff is going on.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 13, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Movies like this do not grab you by the throat. You have to be receptive.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2002
Erin Meister
Boston Globe
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Were Dylan Thomas alive to witness first-time director Ethan Hawke's strained Chelsea Walls, he might have been tempted to change his landmark poem to, 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Theatre.'

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

May 24, 2002
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The movie is essentially a series of fleetingly interesting actors' moments.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Hampered -- no, paralyzed -- by a self-indulgent script ... that aims for poetry and ends up sounding like satire.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 10, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 10, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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The cinematic equivalent of patronizing a bar favored by pretentious, untalented artistes who enjoy moaning about their cruel fate.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D

May 9, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I liked this film a lot...

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 29, 2002
Andrew O'Hehir
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I'm not suggesting that you actually see it, unless you're the kind of person who has seen every Wim Wenders film of the '70s.

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April 25, 2002
Jan Stuart
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Like the Chelsea's denizens ... Burdette's collage-form scenario tends to over-romanticize the spiritual desolation of the struggling artiste.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

April 19, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Hawke draws out the best from his large cast in beautifully articulated portrayals that are subtle and so expressive they can sustain the poetic flights in Burdette's dialogue.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Calling it pretentious doesn't do justice to the toxic faux-bohemianism and unearned self-regard that bubble and ooze out of every aspect of Chelsea Walls.

| Original Score: .5/4

April 19, 2002
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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Hawke achieves something special but less than industry-shaking.

April 19, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If Chelsea Walls builds a mood of boozy poetic disorientation, a crucial ingredient is missing: the scent of genuine artistic genius.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The ethos of the Chelsea Hotel may shape Hawke's artistic aspirations, but he hasn't yet coordinated his own DV poetry with the Beat he hears in his soul.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

April 18, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The digital-video results play like a flatulent teenager's first discovery of jazz, cigarettes, and hooch.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 16, 2002
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