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Chelsea Walls Reviews

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April 17, 2005
Pretentious navel-gazing hoo-hah.
| Original Score: 1/5
May 10, 2002
Reeks with phony posturing and lot of talking without really saying anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 16, 2002
The digital-video results play like a flatulent teenager's first discovery of jazz, cigarettes, and hooch.
April 18, 2002
The ethos of the Chelsea Hotel may shape Hawke's artistic aspirations, but he hasn't yet coordinated his own DV poetry with the Beat he hears in his soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 18, 2002
If Chelsea Walls builds a mood of boozy poetic disorientation, a crucial ingredient is missing: the scent of genuine artistic genius.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 19, 2002
Like the Chelsea's denizens ... Burdette's collage-form scenario tends to over-romanticize the spiritual desolation of the struggling artiste.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2002
The cinematic equivalent of patronizing a bar favored by pretentious, untalented artistes who enjoy moaning about their cruel fate.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 10, 2002
Hampered -- no, paralyzed -- by a self-indulgent script ... that aims for poetry and ends up sounding like satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 9, 2011
Linklater fans, or pretentious types who want to appear avant-garde will suck up to this
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 21, 2011
...a disastrously ill-conceived drama...
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
June 17, 2002
A complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
April 18, 2002
Confirms the nagging suspicion that Ethan Hawke would be even worse behind the camera than he is in front of it.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
April 11, 2002
Ethan Hawke has always fancied himself the bastard child of the Beatnik generation and it's all over his Chelsea Walls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 17, 2002
This thing is virtually unwatchable.
October 23, 2002
A free-for-all of half-baked thoughts, clumsily used visual tricks and self-indulgent actor moments.
Read More | Original Score: 35/100
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
April 18, 2002
Deadly dull, pointless meditation on losers in a gone-to-seed hotel.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
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.
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
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
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