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Four Rooms (1996)

Four Rooms


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 38

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 54,828


Movie Info

Four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for this episodic comedy. Ted (Tim Roth) is the new bellboy at a beautiful but decaying luxury hotel; he is not having a good time of it on New Year's Eve, his first night on the job. In one room, a coven of witches are trying to summon the spirit of the goddess Diana; each of the witches must bring a different bodily fluid for their spell to work, but Eva (Ione Skye), who was supposed to bring semen, … More

Directed By:
Written By:
Allison Anders , Alexandre Rockwell , Robert Rodriguez , Quentin Tarantino
In Theaters:
Apr 20, 1999
Miramax Films


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Critic Reviews for Four Rooms

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (38) | DVD (3)

The results are mainly awful, and even Roth got saddled with a mannered part that he can't comfortably play.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Four of the hottest indie directors--Anders, Rockwell, Tarantino, and Rodrigues--miss a unique opportunity to display their idiosyncratic talents resulting in a tedious anthology in which 2 segments are inept, one barely decent, and one OK (guess whose)

Full Review… | December 28, 2006
Top Critic

They should have called this One Room and released it as a Rodriguez short.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The less said about this career-denting fiasco, the better.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Sounds better than it is.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The result is a batch of shrill, self-indulgent sketches that turn so wretched in spots you start to wonder if the filmmakers wanted them to be bad.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An utterly lackluster production that most involved would be wise to keep out of their portfolios. The only director to come out of this mess looking good is Rodriguez.

Full Review… | April 19, 2014

Begins with two awful segments, which you'll want to fast-forward past to get to the third and fourth segments.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008

A ghastly train wreck of a movie, littered with the corpses of promising careers.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

O episódio dirigido por Taratino, que funciona como uma grande preparação para uma excelente tirada final, é memorável. Pena que temos que assistir a uma hora de besteiras para chegar até ele.

May 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

The final tale is a real treat; too bad you have to wade through such awfulness just to get there.

April 6, 2005

Worth it for the Rodriguez' episode, but otherwise nothing much.

October 20, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Even Tim Roth, an otherwise dependable actor, disappoints with overacting.

Full Review… | April 2, 2003

We all have fun goofing around with our friends -- it's just that when you're four hot-hot-hot directors, you can goof around with your friends and get Miramax to release it, with predictably unimpressive results.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

The first two rooms are indeed pure crap, but the second half of the film, while not as good as the directors' separate films, makes for a funny enough comedy anyway.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

As a whole, Four Rooms is only diverting, and pretty mindless, but at its best it's a lot of fun.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Four Rooms never lives up to the hype and should discourage the directors from working together again.

Full Review… | April 17, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Four Rooms

"Four Rooms", none worth enterting. Avoid!

Full review coming to on August 20, 2013.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Note: this rating is only for the segment "The Man From Hollywood".

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Angela: Hell of a night, huh Ted?

"Twelve outrageous guests. Four scandalous requests. And one lone bellhop, in his first day on the job, who's in for the wildest New year's Eve of his life."

Four Rooms is an anthology film that features four directors, each directing a single room, while a bellboy appears in all four stories. Now this is a movie that was nearly impossible to get through. I say that because the first two rooms were so bad. Rodriguez and Tarantino clean it up a little bit, but not enough to save the movie from ultimately being a complete failure. There are a couple moments of comedy, but the rest is just terrible. 

Honeymoon Suite- The Missing Ingredient- 1/2  out of 5 

Allison Anders writes and directs the first room of this movie and it is miserable. Her story centers around a coven of witches that need some sperm. It's easily the worst thing about this movie. I don't know how Anders thought people would respond to her "idea," but it's just awful.

Room 404- The Wrong Man- 1 out of 5

Alexandre Rockwell writes and directs the second room and it is just a tad bit less miserable than the first one. In this one, Ted the Bellboy wonders into a room where a man has his wife tied up and threatens Ted with a gun. This story is all over the place. In the end, I'm not really sure what even happened. The only good thing I could say about "The Wrong Man" is that it isn't as bad as "The Missing Ingredient."

Room 309- The Misbehaviors- 3 out of 5

Robert Rodriguez writes and directs the third room and the movie finally begins to be watchable. In this one, Ted is hired to check up on two kids while their parents are out of the room. The kids don't behave as they are told and the story takes an extremely weird twist near the end. Antonio Banderas was easily the best thing about this movie though, in his short time on screen in "The Misbehaviors."

Penthouse- The Man From Hollywood- 3 out of 5

Quentin Tarantino writes and directs the fourth and final room and he keeps the movie watchable as well. In the fourth room, Ted has to keep company with a filmmaker and his entourage in the Penthouse. He soon learns that they want him to help them with a little wager they have. It all culminates in a rather fitting end to the movie. 

None of the episodes were great. Two were decent and two were absolutely horrible. As it stands, this is an extremely poor anthology. The thought was great. I loved the idea the first time I heard it. Four rooms directed by four different directors sounds good. It gives them all a chance to display their different styles. Well it didn't turn out as great as it sounded. I guess it is worth a look for Rodriguez's and Tarantino's parts, but I'd suggest skipping the first two rooms. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Four Rooms is an enigmatic and so eccentric film that cobbles together the styling of many creative voices, all for a film that is deranged beyond recognition. Written and directed by four different directors and beautifully coalescing thanks to a brilliant performance from chameleon Tm Roth, the film is separated by four different rooms. Each room is directed by a different director including Alexandre Rockwell, Allison Anders, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. Each has a unique voice within the film, while all delineated back to controlled chaos, culminating in the glorious end that only Tarantino can give. Besides also boasting such a great set of young Hollywood directors it also contains some amazing performances from some of the best actors at the time including Marisa Tomei, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Beals, Bruce Willis, and Madonna. Each gives us a taste of the odd, the extremity of the party lifestyle, the atmosphere of the hotel, and it centers on the most interesting, no nonsense, character who can be easily swayed with cash advancement. Rockwell focuses on the underlying tension of dysfunctional relationships, Anders shows the extremes of the feminine mystique and its reach in our culture, Rodriguez goes all out and plays worst case scenario, using children as foils to the bellhop (Roth) while also creating realistic and yet flawed characters, and Tarantino is Tarantino through and through. He uses long, uncut shots, his regular of cast of characters, and even puts himself in the scene as the big shot, the movie star among the treacherous bunch in his hotel room. Though the film was hit hard by critics it has resonated with fans because of its beatific quality, its amazing set of characters with extraordinary problems and out of this world circumstances. Truly worth a look into the pysches of four astounding directors and writers.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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