New Rose Hotel (1999)

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Abel Ferrara directed this erotic thriller adapted by Ferrara and Christ Zois from a short story by science fiction author William Gibson (in his Burning Chrome collection). Global corporations rule the world, and corporate raider Fox (Christopher Walken) and his deputy X (Willem Dafoe) could pocket $100 million if they can get top scientist Hiroshi (Yoshitaka Amano) to defect from one corporation to another. Fox offers singer Sandii (Asia Argento) $1 million to seduce Hiroshi away from his … More

Rating: R (for strong sexuality and language, including some sex-related dialogue)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: William Gibson, Chris Zoist, Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 1999
Runtime:
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as Hiroshi's Wife

as Madame Rosa

as Distinguished Man

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Critic Reviews for New Rose Hotel

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Variety
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Uh, no.

June 1, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Masterfully constructed and yet eventually rather wearisome.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

One wonders what this cast could have done had they been given some real material to work with.

Full Review… | September 18, 2005
TheMovieReport.com

Audience Reviews for New Rose Hotel

½

Hypermedia spy story -- "What is real in the world? What/who can I trust?" -- is actually a thin veil for a doomed romance story: "Is my love real or an illusion? And BTW, could virtue, mine or maybe hers, have saved me from illusion?"

Unlike Alphaville, I never get the flickering sense that this world, jerryrigging pieces of the present to represent the future, is a real place. Instead, this move plays like vignettes in an off-Broadway play about the future, with monitors showing tinted surveillance footage next to the stage.

Walken creates a real, whole character out of verbal pirouettes around cliches; Dafoe is more than believable in the mute, physical acting required by a sustained flashback montage; and Argento is more of an underwritten cipher than she is mysterious. Her part in the con, as a surefire seductress, we have to take on faith. With the elliptical editing and blacked-out backgrounds, they could stuff anything in the plot, but they don't. The fact that the movie stays together, as does Walken and Dafoe's goldminers' pact, keeps things intriguing enough. We want to know exactly how everybody is going to commit suicide by Fate.

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Adam Mahler

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½

Poorly constructed in every way, it manages to stay watchable thanks to Walken clearly having fun with his role, Dafoe helping the buddy chemistry, and Asia Argento's hot naked body.

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Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

½

New Rose Hotel is a great looking, stylish film, carefully shot and wonderfully acted by Walken and Dafoe, but I have never in my life seen a movie that goes so far out of its way to go absolutely nowhere. We're given a long setup explaining the details of Fox and X's plan to basically steal a scientist and sell him to a rival company. The last forty minutes however does almost nothing with this narrative. Various events which cause the plan to deteriorate are referenced secondhand, and the story mostly then just descends into overlong conversations that rehash portions of what we've already seen. At the same time the film also tries to thrust X and Sandii's lukewarm romance into the forefront when it has nothing to do with the main narrative, since there really aren't any further implications of their involvement (or lack of) with one another.
This was very much a wasted opportunity to create a dramatic, work of sci-fi art.

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Brett Warren

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