Hotel Noir (2012)



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Downtown Los Angeles, sometime in the 1950′s. Nighttime. A detective checks into a hotel across from the train station and waits. He knows it's simply a matter of time before the gangsters he has stolen from come find him. He has played his hand and come up short. He's broken his own rules. He's as good as dead. On his last night on earth, long past the point of caring, he meets as series of characters: a singer trying to become a better person, a salesman with a secret, a gambler with an attitude, a chambermaid full of dreams. The past keeps crashing into the present and the future - if such a thing ever existed - is but a vague rumor. This is the world of Hotel Noir. -- (C) Official Site
Cult Movies , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Carla Gugino
as Hanna Click
Danny DeVito
as Eugene Portland
Malin Akerman
as Swedish Mary
Robert Forster
as Jim Logan
Rosario Dawson
as Sevilla
Mandy Moore
as Evangeline Lundy
Cameron Richardson
as Maureen Chapman
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Critic Reviews for Hotel Noir

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

To succeed as more than a study in artifice, a film - especially one steeped in fatalism - needs to feel real.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

A first-rate cast and stunning black-and-white visuals aren't enough to make this homage to classic film noir successful.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's hard to know whether Sebastian Gutierrez is imitating or satirizing the hard-boiled noirs of Hollywood's past, but either way it feels like a botched attempt.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The film's weakest link is Rufus Sewell's rumpled gumshoe, inarticulate and mumbling to the point of madness.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
New York Observer
Top Critic

You never lose the nagging sense that you're simply watching a high-school drama club's production of '40s fatalism chic.

October 9, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Gutierrez bathes in moodiness while remaining unconcerned with anything so pedestrian as dramatic cohesion.

Full Review… | October 9, 2012
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Hotel Noir


Putting the word "noir" in the title and making the film black and white doesn't make a film noir ... this is wannabe noir. It is a knock-off. It is a fake Louis Vuitton as when noir is done right it is a respectably classy piece of work with some luxurious camerawork, high-skilled acting and exquisite directing. Hotel Noir believes it can simply capture the mood and feel of noir by giving us a monochrome palette and a couple of questionable female characters wanting to be femme fatales (none of them really are here). There isn't enough development here and the characters are all thinly-written ... and with voice-over narration (ugh!) by an extremely minor character (Danny DeVito - Twins), the film feels forced and fake. Hotel Noir gives its audience a series of stories that are all supposed to tie together in the titular hotel ... but the writers have forgotten to give us a character to like and/or root for. A guy (Rufus Sewell - 'The Wire') being a "good" detective isn't enough reason to like someone nor are damsels being distressed (Carla Gugino - Sin City / Malin Akerman - Couples Retreat) enough reason to honestly care about them either. Hotel Noir hopes it has a bit of a story but it doesn't really. It is rather boring ... even with a decent cast that also includes Kevin Connolly, Mandy Moore, Robert Forster, Michael B. Jordan and Rosario Dawson. You don't have to check-in to this Hotel ... find some noir done right instead.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

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