Hotel by the River Reviews

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February 14, 2019
One of Hong's most unexpectedly poignant works, self-reflexive in a way that feels searching rather than rote.
February 12, 2019
But here, one also finds everything that is worth cherishing about this filmmaker's evolving, self-recycling, self-referential oeuvre.
November 30, 2018
Hotel by the River is imbued with the self-irony that permeates much of Hong's ever-growing filmography, only this time the mockery is mixed with a tragic aftertaste that adds to the drama an unsettling and refreshing aura.
November 12, 2018
It can be tempting, even from the outset, to read this hotel, this winter, these people, as a sort of purgatory. But wherever they are, these five have managed to remind themselves of love.
October 17, 2018
Where in other films the miscommunications with women are played for laughs that suggest they're merely bumps on the road to a later happiness, here they feel more fundamentally broken, with sorrowful repercussions that reach across generations.
October 8, 2018
Hong builds the action into a framework of poetic premonitions that exude anticipatory danger.
October 4, 2018
Hong continues to find playful new ways of organizing his obsessions. He's got a natural genius for rearranging the furniture, and it makes a virtue of the fact that he's always working inside the same house.
September 28, 2018
Hotel by the River is a minimalist... beautiful film that portrays melancholy and the fear of dying in a way that's ironic, funny and friendly, and all thanks to very good characters. [Full review in Spanish]
September 20, 2018
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 17, 2018
Filled with Hong's usual sharp wit, self-deprecating jokes, many personal references and his staple drinking scene.
September 13, 2018
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 7, 2018
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
Hong's latest confirms a nascent sorrow in this increasingly complicated director's work. The results are troubling, touching, and never less than beautiful.
September 5, 2018
A story of a poet, Hotel by the River comes to resemble a poetry collection itself, abounding in emotional currents and grace notes that are bracingly allowed to hang, free of reductive explication.
Top Critic
August 9, 2018
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
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
Hong Sang-soo weaves a typically delicate web of family ties, random connections and hurt feelings into Hotel By The River (Gangbyun Hotel).
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