The Million Dollar Hotel Reviews

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John Anderson
Newsday
February 2, 2001
Pretentious, indulgent, tiresome exercise in star-strutting and seediness.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 2, 2001
There may not be anyone else who is as capable of romanticizing bummed-out good taste as Mr. Wenders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 2, 2001
Pretentious and trite in a way that you can get away with in a rock song or a music video, but that becomes almost unbearably irritating in a full-length feature.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 2, 2001
If you're a Wenders admirer and can give yourself over to his gorgeous verging-on-surreal vision, you can come away deeply moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dave White
IFilm
February 2, 2001
The most interesting thing I've ever seen [Mel Gibson] do.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 2, 2001
Take the last exit off the highway to art movie hell, and you'll probably have to stay at The Million Dollar Hotel.
Dave Kehr
Citysearch
February 2, 2001
Poetic nonsense.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
February 1, 2001
A plodding, self-indulgent exercise in pomposity over substance.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
February 1, 2001
Longtime Wenders fans will undoubtedly welcome the affront to conventional storytelling while others, attracted by the marquee value of Mel Gibson, are more likely to leave the theatre scratching their heads.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 1, 2001
Boring waste of celluloid.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 1, 2001
Too long, the willful eccentricity is grating and the hackneyed moral -- real life is better than TV -- is so silly it's best taken ironically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
February 1, 2001
Even alternative cinema god, Wenders, and rock's last great savior, Bono, are doing little more than recycling the material and cardboard people that Hollywood machinery has assigned as the harmless, loveable freaks.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
February 1, 2001
Despite its ramshackle structure, The Million Dollar Hotel is festooned with enough odd trappings to keep it enjoyable.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 31, 2001
Something of a monstrosity -- liquored self-indulgence taken to its own astral plane.
Ian Johnston
Popcorn
January 26, 2001
Vacuous, tedious, pretentious and featuring some uniformly atrocious acting.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 25, 2001
Listening to these people prattle on and watching the St. Vitus-Dance antics of Jeremy Davies in the role of Tom-Tom is an exericise in tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Dwyer
Irish Times
January 16, 2001
An absorbing picture of thwarted aspirations and self-destructive behaviour.
January 16, 2001
We have to spend time with a plethora of wretched cretins, who get to be annoying very quickly.
| Original Score: 4/10
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 16, 2001
A fascinating failure.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 16, 2001
Ultimately falls flat in most categories except that of arty pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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