Hotel by the River Reviews

February 15, 2019
Hong's free style isn't showy; there's a stillness holding the film together at all times.
Top Critic
February 15, 2019
Shot in wintry black-and-white, Hotel by the River folds Hong's usual concerns into a structure that's more complex than usual.
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.
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.
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.