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The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 32

Critics say the weirdness of The Million Dollar Hotel is more grating and pretentious than interesting. Also, it takes too long to get to the conclusion.

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 11

Critics say the weirdness of The Million Dollar Hotel is more grating and pretentious than interesting. Also, it takes too long to get to the conclusion.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 11,305

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Movie Info

Set in 2001, a group of misfits live in a flea-bitten, skid-row hotel known as 'The Million Dollar Hotel'. Its residents become the center of attention when a junky named Izzy is found murdered. As it turns out, he is the son of a wealthy and powerful media magnate. The residents of the hotel soon become the prime suspects. A badgering detective is then on the case to try and solve the murder. Or was it a suicide?

Jun 12, 2001

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It is probably asking too much of this phantasmagoria that it make sense.

February 23, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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If you're looking for a defining Wenders image, try starting with the gloomy angels in overcoats in Wings Of Desire.

February 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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An exercise in whimsy.

February 9, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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If any of these characters were half as resonant as Wenders appears to think they are, the film might have seemed charming instead of merely stranded.

February 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Audiences partial to this rather rarefied material will find plenty to enjoy in the technically polished production, but those not on Wenders' wavelength will be seriously alienated.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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The script that Nicholas Klein has conjured from Bono's idea is a quicksand that sucks down a solid cast.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Self-indulgent and boring; mature teens only.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Les amateurs de films se basant avant tout sur le développement d'ambiances langoureuses seront conquis d'avance.

February 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

A delicate, immensely moving elegy about jewels in the trash, love amidst suffering, fraternity in poverty.

November 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

An absurd comedy set in an LA flophouse...

November 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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The kind of kitchen sink included disaster that Wenders has demonstrated he will make more often than not.

April 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

It plays like a sop thrown down by a genius who imagines his every pensée is both precious and engagingly satirical.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen

Doesn't live up to its name, nor to the promise of big-name stars like Gibson, Bono or Jovovich.

March 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Turns out to be almost as shabby as its name.

March 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If you're tired of feeling numb, The Million Dollar Hotel is a great place to check into for a couple of hours.

March 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Pretends to be obscure, but is really just another murder investigation yarn.

February 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

No amount of window dressing can cover up the vacancies at the heart of this Hotel.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A film that feels, sounds and looks like a back number.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Will lead to a rapid exit for everyone but the diehard Wendersian.

February 7, 2001
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Audience Reviews for The Million Dollar Hotel

Not many people I have spoken to have seen this film but as a Jeremy Davies fan (whom I discovered a love for first in his portrayal of Charles Manson in Helter Skelter and then by accident as Topper in the darkly deviant black comedy Ravenous) I would have to say that it is one of the most haunting and heartbreaking movies I have ever seen. Although Mel Gibson's presence seems a little odd, as you keep expecting him to pull out a gun and start shooting (as he does on one occasion) I felt his portrayal as a physically deformed polic officer investigating the suicide of a man in the hotel believable. With a perfect narrative from Davies and a strong, all be it odd, cast of characters behind him, this movie is one of my favorites and is one I am happy not many people have seen.
January 20, 2011
theunknownhobo
Unknown Hobo

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The film version of a literary style known as Magical Realism

It's a screwball tragedy, a term made up by someone else to describe this film. There are no others of this type. It's a love story without "They lived happily ever after"; it's a mystery (the essence of real) in a subtly surreal world. Not only is the story unique, but so are most of the characters, which seems to be a problem for some viewers. I don't want to paint this movie as too weird, but its differences are some of the best things about it.

Cinematography is classic, sharp, lots of deep focus. Exteriors, interiors, non-traditional lighting, a dawn scene shot before the magic hour, it all looks great. I can't recall a scene with foreground in focus while background is out, or vice versa.

U2 contributed a tune or two to the soundtrack, as they have for all Wim Wenders films since the 80s. The rest of the soundtrack is jazzy. It supports the film beautifully, and is available on CD.

If you've liked any of Wim Wenders films, I think you'll love this one.
May 16, 2010
YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

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Very off beat. It was fun, and even though I hate Jeremy Davies, the rest of the cast checked out.
May 16, 2008
puffchunk
Curtis Lilly

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I can't think of very much to say about this film. The cast list reads like a who's-who of irritating actors: Amanda Plummer, Julian Sands, Bud Cort, etc. Mel Gibson looks very uncomfortable as a G-man investigating a suspicious death, and not just because he's wearing a neck brace and is supposed to have had spinal surgery. Jeremy Davies plays twitchy and annoying very well, but who wants to watch that? Wim Wenders creates some magical visuals but the central murder-mystery, which ought to drive the film, is completely underwhelming.
March 19, 2008
harrycaul

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