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The Motel Reviews

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March 1, 2007
A wonderful reminder that adult life is never as difficult as puberty was.
February 9, 2007
A welcome addition to the "awkward adolescence" genre,
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 25, 2007
A most impressive feature film debut by writer/director Michael Kang who has crafted a compelling tale by examining rites of passage from a fresh perspective, namely, that of a Chinese-American adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 17, 2006
The Motel gives the lie to all those mainstream teen sex comedies starring happy, horny gwailos .
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2006
Perhaps The Motel meanders a bit too much -- hard to do in a 76-minute film -- but it is an engaging little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2006
Each of Ernest's interactions and epiphanies is pure, calculated movieland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 21, 2006
Kang and Chyau make for a great team, with Chyau able to give an honest performance that requires humiliation, but never disrespect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 21, 2006
As rundown as it is and as downbeat as its denizens are, only 76 minutes seems like too short a stay at "The Motel."
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
September 1, 2006
It's a modest triumph of unflattering realism, proving yet again that a camera, a few good actors, the right material and a sensitive director are all you need to illuminate any particular aspect of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2006
It's pretty much a customary coming-of-age tale, though it is told with refreshing honesty and realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 31, 2006
... suffers from rocky moments and an unsure eye, but [Kang's] sense of detail is rich with prickly contradictions and he resists tidying up the story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 31, 2006
There is honesty and integrity in the filmmaking and the performances, which make The Motel among the best character studies of the year.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 5, 2006
...specific and detailed enough to separate itself from the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 28, 2006
It's Kang's understanding of human nature -- not particularly profound, but true and sharp as a perfectly drawn arrow -- that makes this unpretentious production sing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2006
A well-worn coming-of-age tale enlivened by pungent detail and a sharp visual sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2006
Even if writer-director Michael Kang doesn't exactly break new ground, he imbues his debut with a quiet, compelling inertia that mimics puberty's rudderless drift, its burgeoning desire for something, anything, to change.
July 21, 2006
The third effort of Korean-American writer-director Michael Kang of New York brings attention to his unique demographic, but should have been a better made movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2006
It's actually really touching in parts, as well as infuriating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2006
The film about of a teenage Chinese-American boy struggling with adolescent issues while working in his family's fleabag motel has the precise brevity of a well-crafted short story.
June 30, 2006
Unlike so many indie films, Michael Kang's gently empathetic debut embraces eccentricity without drowning in its own hip irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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