Always at the Carlyle Reviews

June 1, 2018
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.
May 24, 2018
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.
May 23, 2018
"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.
May 18, 2018
[An] insightful and occasionally revealing look at the 88-year-old Manhattan institution where the rich and famous enjoy being rich and famous.
Top Critic
May 16, 2018
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."
May 16, 2018
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).
May 12, 2018
Why see a movie about a posh Manhattan refuge for one-percenters? Because this storied 88-year-old hotel, filled with impossibly glamorous ghosts, radiates an elegance that seems like an anomaly in this shallow age of Trump-style glitz.
May 11, 2018
Though sometimes it seems like a promotional video, the film offers a glimpse into the vagaries of class, culture, celebrity, and social mores since the hotel was first established back in 1930.
May 10, 2018
A fawning doc for the rich and those who idolize them.
May 9, 2018
At one point, the chef and CNN host Anthony Bourdain calls the Carlyle "completely nuts." I believe him - and would love to see the movie that actually makes the case.
May 8, 2018
A tone-deaf celebration of Manhattan's ritzy Carlyle Hotel.