The Million Dollar Hotel Reviews

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Self-indulgent and boring; mature teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
David Stratton
February 7, 2001
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.
Christopher Null
November 8, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 31, 2001
Something of a monstrosity -- liquored self-indulgence taken to its own astral plane.
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John Anderson
February 2, 2001
Pretentious, indulgent, tiresome exercise in star-strutting and seediness.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
The script that Nicholas Klein has conjured from Bono's idea is a quicksand that sucks down a solid cast.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 9, 2001
If you're looking for a defining Wenders image, try starting with the gloomy angels in overcoats in Wings Of Desire.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 28, 2001
The kind of kitchen sink included disaster that Wenders has demonstrated he will make more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Harvey S. Karten
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
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
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 16, 2001
Ultimately falls flat in most categories except that of arty pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 16, 2001
A fascinating failure.
Ian Johnston
January 26, 2001
Vacuous, tedious, pretentious and featuring some uniformly atrocious acting.
Top Critic
Ernest Hardy
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.
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
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 1, 2001
Boring waste of celluloid.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
February 1, 2001
A plodding, self-indulgent exercise in pomposity over substance.
Dave Kehr
February 2, 2001
Poetic nonsense.
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.
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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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 7, 2001
Richard Falcon
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
February 26, 2001
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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Ebert & Roeper
February 8, 2001

April 16, 2001
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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