Hotel by the River (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hotel by the River (2018)




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An old poet staying for free in a riverside hotel summons his two estranged sons. This is because he feels, for no apparent reason, like he is going to die. After being betrayed by the man she was living with, a young woman gets a room at the hotel. Seeking support, she summons a friend. The poet spends a day with his sons and tries to wrap up the loose ends in his life. But it's not so easy to do that in one day. But then he sees the young woman and her friend, after a sudden, unbelievably heavy snowfall.


Critic Reviews for Hotel by the River

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

As a forlorn kind of hangout movie, then, "Hotel by the Sea" proceeds at a pleasing shuffle, spiked with bittersweet humor and even a gentle, surprising hint of sentimentality.

August 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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A portrait of two souls coming to a reckoning - one with encroaching death, the other, in a less developed story, with life after a relationship.

August 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Two groups gather at a hotel by the Han River in a film more straight-ahead, sentimental, and serious film than most by the Korean master.

September 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Filled with Hong's usual sharp wit, self-deprecating jokes, many personal references and his staple drinking scene.

September 17, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Hong Sang-soo's film looks incredible, but his characters are tiring to listen to...Maybe it was because this is the director's least boozy film in a while, but even this cast of Hong regulars seems to be having a hard time making it fly.

September 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Hotel by the River may end up being strewn amongst [Hong Sangsoo's] extensive B-side items but it ends up being one of the director's more serene, introspective efforts to date.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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