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What looks at first like it might be a 92-minute commercial for a venerable luxury hotel... turns out to be something quite different - something more melancholy and elegiac than a simple celebration of refined indulgence.
It's one part history lesson and one part ode to the rapidly fading quality of refinement. But mostly, it's a chance to indulge in juicy celebrity stories, catnip for those who love that kind of thing.
"Always at the Carlyle" takes a potentially juicy subject - a swanky landmark that caters to celebrities and zillionaires - and turns it into a 90-minute infomercial, with nary a revelation in sight.
[An] insightful and occasionally revealing look at the 88-year-old Manhattan institution where the rich and famous enjoy being rich and famous.
Nostalgia can be fun when it allows you to revisit the good old days when life had more style, quality, elegance, and what Kay Thompson, the queen of sophistication, called "bazazz."
Plays like a feature-length video you'd expect to see on a loop in the lobby of a less classy version of the luxe New York institution and celebrity favorite (so basically anywhere, really).
... simply gushes at the opulence and celebrates superficial excess without providing much genuine insight about the Carlyle's history or enduring legacy.
Always at the Carlyle... incorporates first hand account from the long-time staff at the hotel who really make the the experience (of watching) worth while
Unless you're absolutely charmed by everything celebrity, the steady stream of rich and famous talking about things they can do that you can't, and the way they're specially treated that you aren't, starts to deflate the film.
Always at the Carlyle mixes fun facts about an historic hotel with trivia about celebrities who've stayed there.
Director Matthew Miele has made what amounts to an enthusiastic ode to a hotel most of us never will check into.
Writer-director Matthew Miele...is a provocateur who tries to get the ultra-discreet staff to spill some secrets with only middling results-but it's fun to see him try.
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