Four Rooms 1996

Four Rooms

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Four Rooms comes stocked with a ton of talent on both sides of the camera, yet only manages to add up to a particularly uneven -- and dismayingly uninspired -- anthology effort.

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Working New Year's Eve at a hotel in Hollywood, Calif., the new bellhop, Ted (Tim Roth), has no idea what's in store for him. Left alone to tend to the guests, Ted soon finds himself in completely over his head. Between a domestic dispute and a demented entourage, spell-casting witches and destructive children, Ted has little hope of making it through the night in one piece. As he tries to maintain order and save his own life, the unlucky bellhop encounters one deranged guest after another.

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Critic Reviews for Four Rooms

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (39)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The results are mainly awful, and even Roth got saddled with a mannered part that he can't comfortably play.

    March 13, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Four of the hottest indie directors--Anders, Rockwell, Tarantino, and Rodrigues--miss a unique opportunity to display their idiosyncratic talents resulting in a tedious anthology in which 2 segments are inept, one barely decent, and one OK (guess whose)

    December 28, 2006 | Rating: C-

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
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  • They should have called this One Room and released it as a Rodriguez short.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The less said about this career-denting fiasco, the better.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1/5
  • Sounds better than it is.

    February 13, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Four Rooms

  • Jun 01, 2016
    A convoluted mess, Four Rooms is a black comedy based on a series of short stories by Roald Dahl. Broken into 4 parts, the film follows a hotel bellhop who gets drawn into the wacky antics of several guests while doing his rounds on New Year's Eve. Each segment features a different writer/director (two of whom include Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino), and have differing tones and styles; which can be disjointing at times. However, the all-star cast, which includes Tim Roth, Madonna, Jennifer Beals, Antonio Banderas, Marisa Tomei, and Bruce Willis, is rather impressive and gives some good performances. But unfortunately Four Rooms just doesn't work, and comes off as a bunch of thrown together nonsense that's not all that interesting or funny.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2015
    the opening credits is appealing and I'll review as I go. I quite like Roths overly weird characterisation as it adds a weird dimension and strength that is missing here. the first film is really odd and strange, I just couldn't get into it. They really needed a cracking start but this gets of with a serious dud. the second film is much better with it's music and story. I liked the story and the camera work, the music and the slapstick momentum. the third film has a lot of energy and delivers the best one so far. The final scene is an absolute corker, a darker twist compared to the others and makes me wonder why they didn't kick off with this one. the last and best is tarantino who acts and delivers a grand story. the camera moves and the story bounces with great dialogue. the man is brilliant and the payoff is great. not the greatest film but not the flop I was told about. Scattered film but it does okay in some aspects.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2013
    Four Rooms is a multi-directed film (which includes Tarantio and Rodriguez) that ends up being a failure of epic proportions. I mean as far as the segments they were all awful. The first one (The Missing Ingredient) had terrible performances, and was way to fantasy. The second was Room 404, which would probably be my favorite. It had a few moments, but still wasn't special. Then there was the Rodriguez one, room 316. I did laugh at the great reveal (while being disgusted) but I feel that it was over extended after that. Then Tarantinos The Penthouse, that one was way to long. It dragged leading to a stupid conclusion. But the greatest was Tim Roth, he had no place in that role. The character was to un-confident and famine for Roth, awful casting.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2012
    I remember liking this movie more back in the 10th grade than I did re-watching it 8 years later. The problem is that I vividly remember the last two 'episodes' of the film and I remember enjoying these two segments. These are the ones that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino directed. The first two, while I had a recollection of the first segment, weren't as burned into my mind. Perhaps for reasons that we'll get into this review. If you want me to come straight out and say it, the first two segments are no good. They aren't particularly funny nor that interesting. Well I suppose the second one has an interesting idea of this couple sort of role-playing this argument that involves someone coming into their room by mistake. When you think about it, this second one, at least as far as the idea goes, has the best set-up of them all yet, somehow, it isn't funny. Same with the witches' segment, but the concept really doesn't work if you think about it either way. On top of that, again, it isn't very funny at all. And Tim Roth's performances in these first two segments while amusing, was really over-the-top to the point where he was clearly over-compensating for the segments' lack of laughs. Thankfully the third and fourth segments of the film make up for it. And really, Robert's segment really started clicking as it was nearing its end, when things become crazier and Tim Roth's character becomes unhinged. It's also a segment that, while infinitely more entertaining that the previous ones, still wasn't perfect. But it had its funny moments. Tarantino's segment is the best of them all really. It's definitely very Tarantino-esque. It's very talky, with a lot of talk about movies that, most likely, influenced him. So if you don't like Tarantino, you're not going to like this but the pay-off for this segment was certainly very funny and easily the highlight of the film. Really it's kind of a shame because, again, I had fond memories of this movie back in the day and going back to it I can see that the movie simply wouldn't have been much if it wasn't for Tim Roth's performances as he slowly loses his mind and Robert and Quentin's segments. You can most definitely skip the first two, because they only drag the rest of the film down unfortunately.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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