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Chelsea Walls Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 9, 2011
Linklater fans, or pretentious types who want to appear avant-garde will suck up to this
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 21, 2011
...a disastrously ill-conceived drama...
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
Pretentious navel-gazing hoo-hah.
| Original Score: 1/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
June 15, 2004
As you may know, this film is directed by Ethan Hawke. Nicely shot, well acted, fine direction, well-organized (for what it is), but short on both impact and message.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
February 2, 2003
The film apparently takes place in a fantasy world where people in hotel hallways recite poetry in voice-over instead of speaking to each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 9, 2003
This is a very ambitious project for a fairly inexperienced filmmaker, but good actors, good poetry and good music help sustain it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin N. Laforest
Apollo Guide
October 23, 2002
A free-for-all of half-baked thoughts, clumsily used visual tricks and self-indulgent actor moments.
| Original Score: 35/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2002
It's a beautifully accomplished lyrical meditation on a bunch of despondent and vulnerable characters living in the renown Chelsea Hotel ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
September 17, 2002
This thing is virtually unwatchable.
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2002
Pretension, in its own way, is a form of bravery. For this reason and this reason only -- the power of its own steadfast, hoity-toity convictions -- Chelsea Walls deserves a medal.
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Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
It is dead on the inside, never quite achieving the movements and emotional solidity the material demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Havens
June 17, 2002
A complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2002
Hawke's actors are a talented troupe, and even when things get self-indulgent and fuzzy-headed (and boy, do they!), interesting stuff is going on.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 7, 2002
Movies like this do not grab you by the throat. You have to be receptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 6, 2002
Hawke's film, a boring, pretentious waste of nearly two hours, doesn't tell you anything except that the Chelsea Hotel today is populated by whiny, pathetic, starving and untalented artistes.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Erin Meister
Boston Globe
May 24, 2002
Were Dylan Thomas alive to witness first-time director Ethan Hawke's strained Chelsea Walls, he might have been tempted to change his landmark poem to, 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Theatre.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 20, 2002
A dreary, incoherent, self-indulgent mess of a movie in which a bunch of pompous windbags drone on inanely for two hours...a cacophony of pretentious, meaningless prattle.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 17, 2002
The movie is essentially a series of fleetingly interesting actors' moments.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
May 13, 2002
It is a film in which body language and unspoken human intercourse play a much more important role than dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 10, 2002
Reeks with phony posturing and lot of talking without really saying anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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