Bad Times at the El Royale Reviews

April 18, 2019
At some point during this logy 2-hour-and-21-minute exercise you want something more substantial than even Hemsworth's admittedly mesmerizing snaky hips.
October 15, 2018
Every puzzle piece clicks together smoothly, and while there is joy in watching everything fit, the film feels like there's something missing. It lacks true substance. It's all aesthetics, no guts. But damn if the "Bad Times" aren't beautiful to watch.
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October 15, 2018
This Irwin-Allen-sized B-movie mostly works thanks to Goddard's knack for nesting-doll-style narrative compartmentalization and his talent for bringing out the best in his uniformly strong ensemble cast...
October 13, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale starts with a lot of promise and a full head of steam; even half-way through I was engaged. But the movie eventually careens off the track.
October 12, 2018
Taking turns in the spotlight, everyone in the cast is outstanding.
October 12, 2018
Careful framing, mysterious characters, slow builds, violent surprises, and a dynamite parade of very nearly on-the-nose songs from the mid- to late-1960s
October 12, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale isn't an event. But I was never too bored.
October 12, 2018
An unfortunately apt demonstration of what can befall a clever filmmaker who gets too clever.
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October 12, 2018
Depraved, self-indulgent trash that is a narrative mess and, at nearly two-and-a-half hours in length, seems to go on forever.
October 12, 2018
An eager entertainment absent anything genuinely entertaining.