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The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)



Critic Consensus: 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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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?more
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Klein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 2001
Icon Entertainment - Official Site


Mel Gibson
as Skinner
Jimmy Smits
as Geronimo
Donal Logue
as Charley Best
Bud Cort
as Shorty
Julian Sands
as Terence Scopey
Tom Bower
as Hector
Harris Yulin
as Stanley Goldkiss
Tim Roth
as Izzy Goldkiss (uncre...
Justin Lafoe
as Marlene's Son
David Stifel
as Screamer for Jesus
as Man in Hotel Lobby (...
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Critic Reviews for The Million Dollar Hotel

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (17)

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

Full Review… | February 23, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

If you're looking for a defining Wenders image, try starting with the gloomy angels in overcoats in Wings Of Desire.

Full Review… | February 9, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

An exercise in whimsy.

February 9, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

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.

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Very off beat. It was fun, and even though I hate Jeremy Davies, the rest of the cast checked out.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

The Million Dollar Hotel Quotes

Dixie: I am the walrus. God is just the middle man.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
Dixie: Well, it's all about believing, and if we believe in something, then that's real, isn't it? And if enough people believe in the same thing, then that's reality.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
Dixie: Let's vote! There is two letters on each ballot, a Y and a N. A Y means why and and a N means why not.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)

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