Grand Hotel Reviews

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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
Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com
January 11, 2004
If you're in the mood for a sentimental look back, by all means check in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
Less effective as a movie than as a dazzling parade of star iconography.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Goulding, a master of camp, shepherds rather than directs his famous cast through the series of adventures and misadventures.
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
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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 1932
It hasn't aged as well as some Oscar-winners, but neither is it as dated as, for example, Cimarron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 24, 2004
Most movies telegraph their endings long before the finale, but I honestly didn't know how this one would end.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
June 13, 2002
They just don't build hotels like this anymore, they just don't write lines like that anymore.
| Original Score: 4/4
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
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
Top Critic
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.
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It's all very silly, the ultimate in Depression-era escapism: a piece of Hollywood magic that's impossibly romantic filled with people who are impossibly elegant, bantering and wisecracking constantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 2, 2004
As helter-skelter as the setup might sound, as the narratives intertwine, one is never conscious of any episodic discontinuity but of a seamless, well-integrated flow of stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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