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The Motel Reviews

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
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
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+
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2006
Like the best independent films, The Motel realizes that life is made up of minor pleasures and tiny epiphanies, not sweeping character arcs or big dramatic moments
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 28, 2006
Michael Kang Kang makes an impressive feature directorial debut with The Motel. But the person to keep an eye on is Jeffrey Chyau, a student at the Bronx High School of Science, who is a delight in the lead role.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2006
There's little originality in the joy rides, first kisses, and clashes with bullies, yet this 2005 debut feature by writer-director Michael Kang captures the small triumphs of a boy becoming a man.
June 27, 2006
Michael Kang's small, perfectly observed portrait of a Chinese-American boy captures the glum desperation of inhabiting the biological limbo of early adolescence.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 27, 2006
The Motel, Michael Kang's modest Sundance applause reaper, doesn't deserve to be shotgunned for the sins of 30 other movies. But the underwhelming syncopation of make-nice clichés is too familiar.
May 6, 2006
Funny and real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2006
Indie coming-of-age dramedy about a precocious Chinese-American youth whose family operates a sleazy roadside motel signals arrival of a singularly promising filmmaker.