Grand Hotel Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 4, 2015
A tremendously sturdy, thoroughly unimaginative, and massively entrancing sample of the early-'30s Hollywood machine doing everything exactly right.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
Each and every performer in the screened "Grand Hotel" does a remarkable piece of work. To us, Garbo is the supreme of magnificence.
Witney Seibold
Nerdist
March 24, 2014
The camera movements and production values are elaborate and intriguing and engaging. There is a sense of activity, of bustle in every frame.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
January 13, 2014
The star-filled melodrama that is Grand Hotel became a blueprint for almost every glossy Hollywood soap opera that followed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
February 16, 2013
This is Golden Era Hollywood-studio style at its most opulent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
February 27, 2012
How thoroughly does Joan Crawford own Grand Hotel? She makes Greta Garbo superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
As it is, the hotel is well filled.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 9, 2008
Grand Hotel was the first Garbo film I ever saw, and she enchanted me effortlessly, despite the presence of the rest of the powerful ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Creaky, aged and utterly enchanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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January 29, 2008
A commercial picture of high box office potential, first by assembling the most impressive aggregation so far of strictly Bradstreet screen names, and then by filming the play practically unaltered in form.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
Less effective as a movie than as a dazzling parade of star iconography.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 5, 2006
An all-star cast give varying shades of good performances to highlight a fun and interesting story about the sordid affairs of the rich and not-so-famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Nickolds
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The Nashville of its day, Grand Hotel's reputation has outgrown its actual quality
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 26, 2005
It comes with a grand reputation but by today's standards is outdated.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 6, 2005
MGM at its glossiest and most melodramatic, with a an all-star cast that includes Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, and Lewis Stone--the kind of pictures they don't make anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 27, 2005
It's a Hollywood legend, a big, brassy melodrama overflowing with top stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
August 23, 2004
A lesson on just how far motion pictures have come, and thank heavens for 1970s independent filmmaking or Hollywood might still resemble Louis Mayer's fantasy world.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 30, 2004
Movie stars existed before Grand Hotel, and yet this picture seems to reinvent the whole concept right before your dazzled eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
July 11, 2004
Sometimes moving, sometimes funny, and almost always entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 20, 2004
What may come as a surprise is that, among this illustrious cast, it is Crawford who stands out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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