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New Rose Hotel (1998)

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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

Dec 7, 1999

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Uh, no.

June 1, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Masterfully constructed and yet eventually rather wearisome.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

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

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A big mess.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A major misfire from one of my favorite directors.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The movie works, thanks to Walken's and DaFoe's hardcore performances.

February 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Decadence rules the day for Abel Ferrara's offbeat soft porn look at how the modern world has come up with a new criminal type -- the international corporate raider.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for New Rose Hotel

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.
December 23, 2009
adammahler1

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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.
October 3, 2007
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.
March 12, 2011
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Brett Warren

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Okay, here it is. The one Ferrara film I loathe. Granted I do need to see it again now that I know what to expect. For those not prepared, the beginning of the film is decent but the end is all flashbacks of the beginning. Be prepared to be pissed off. With all the remembering Dafoe does in The New Rose Hotel, I'm hard pressed to recall that much, except the "Surprise" isn't that surprising.
November 19, 2007
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