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The Grand Budapest Hotel Reviews

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Kate Erbland
Film.com
January 2, 2015
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is not his grandest work yet, but it is one worth an extended stay.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
January 2, 2015
The mannered, madcap proceedings are often delightful, occasionally silly, and here and there, gruesome and/or heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 2, 2015
I like Anderson when he's making movies about childhood -- "Rushmore," or "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- but when he ventures into the realm of adulthood, he seems out of his jurisdiction.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 2, 2015
Grand isn't good enough a word for this Budapest Hotel. Great is more like it.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 2, 2015
Anderson's films are too precious for some, but for those of us willing to lose ourselves in them, they're a delight. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is no different, except that he has added a hint of gravitas to the mix, improving the recipe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 22, 2014
The movie is a flume ride through the imagination of one of the most creative minds making movies today, and the pleasure curls your toes. Also, be ready to crave some macaroons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 21, 2014
"Budapest" is pretty much an old-fashioned screwball comedy garishly dressed. It's goofy, eccentric and often downright silly. There are many scenes that would have worked in a "Three Stooges" movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 20, 2014
After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Alex Pappademas
Grantland
March 14, 2014
In its own silly, artificial way, it's the first Anderson film to acknowledge the existence of a world outside its own little toy box and to ground its characters' nostalgia in something resembling actual historical reality.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
March 14, 2014
The comedy in The Grand Budapest Hotel is among the broadest yet undertaken by Anderson. But amid the frenzied hubbub, there are intimations of a darker, sadder history unfolding.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 14, 2014
If a movie can be elegantly zany, this wholly imaginative, assured fable of a legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), his protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) and the murder of a countess, is it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 14, 2014
From the start, it's clear Anderson is working with a new sophistication both in the vocabulary and structure of the film's voiceover narrations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel is by far the most headlong comedic affair in Anderson's canon. It's practically Marx Brothers-ian at moments. And Fiennes - who knew he was capable of such wicked, witty timing?!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
March 13, 2014
It's quintessential Anderson, in other words, but also an unabashed entertainment. And that's something to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 13, 2014
Playing an Old World charmer with clipped diction and a deliciously foul mouth, Fiennes, making his debut with Anderson's stock company, falls into lockstep with the filmmaker's unmistakable universe.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 13, 2014
With "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson is up to his old tricks but with a magnanimous new confidence that feels like a gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 13, 2014
The entire movie is like a giant, elaborately decorated cake, created by this most exacting of film craftsmen. And how tasty it is!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 13, 2014
[Anderson's pictures are] comical without actually being funny, inventive without being freely playful, momentous without being dramatic. The emotional oxygen that would ignite them gets smothered in self-conscious cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 13, 2014
The tender friendship between the wide-eyed Zero and the worldly Gustave gives this movie an emotional core that isn't always an Anderson priority.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2014
I would call "The Grand Budapest Hotel" major whimsy. It's a confection with bite, featuring an ensemble led by the invaluable Ralph Fiennes, here allowed to exercise his farceur's wiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 13, 2014
The movie's sad undertone saves "The Grand Budapest Hotel" from its own zaniness - or better yet, elevates the zaniness, making it feel like an assertion of some right to be silly, or some fundamental human expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 13, 2014
If Anderson buries relatively little moral substance under lavish dollops of rich cream, at least he, like his fascinating protagonist, sustains the illusion with a marvelous grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 13, 2014
I'm not sure what the formal definition of a masterpiece is, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" strikes me as something very close.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 13, 2014
Every frame is carefully composed like the illustrations from a beloved book (characters are precisely centered; costumes are elaborately literal); the dialogue feels both unexpected and happily familiar.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 12, 2014
It offers an engaging 90+ minutes of unconventional, comedy-tinged adventure that references numerous classic movies while developing a style and narrative approach all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
March 11, 2014
A sobering message movie that still know hows to tickle us with a goofy ski chase that is joyously and purely Wes Anderson through and through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 10, 2014
The opéra-bouffe plot serves as a strand of bright golden wire on which Anderson hangs innumerable encounters, scampering chases, and an archly decorative style of commentary.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 7, 2014
A higgledy-piggledy tutti-frutti concoction that also has its share of old-world melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 7, 2014
While Anderson delights in creating a fictional (but very real) mittel-Europe, he also does it with the craft of old Hollywood, using carefully made miniatures and handpainted backdrops.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
RogerEbert.com
March 7, 2014
To answer some folks who claim to enjoy Anderson's movies while also grousing that they wish he would apply his cinematic talents in a "different" mode: no, this isn't the movie in which he does what you think you want, whatever that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 7, 2014
This is one of Anderson's funniest and most fanciful movies, but perversely enough it may also be his most serious, most tragic and most shadowed by history, with the frothy Ernst Lubitsch-style comedy shot through with an overwhelming sense of loss.
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
March 6, 2014
Director Wes Anderson's films are so artistically exquisite that they should be framed and mounted. And this effort may be his most astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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March 6, 2014
Grand Budapest is a culmination of the tinkly music-box aesthetic of Anderson's work to date, turned up to 11.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 6, 2014
It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2014
Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling. "The Grand Budapest," however, is anything but.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 6, 2014
It's a filigreed toy box of a movie, so delicious-looking you may want to lick the screen. It is also, in the Anderson manner, shot through with humor, heartbreak and a bruised romantic's view of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 6, 2014
Mr. Anderson's lovely confection ... keeps us smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud. Yet acid lurks in the cake's lowest layers.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 6, 2014
As with all of Anderson's films, the magic is in the cast. Fiennes, with his rapid-fire delivery and rapier mustache, is hilarious, dapper and total perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Thomson
The New Republic
March 6, 2014
There are hints that Fiennes has it in him to portray a worthwhile human being here -- tender, smart, impulsive, humane, and witty -- but this potential is smothered by Anderson's chronic preference for guest stars and demented art direction.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 6, 2014
This movie makes a marvelous mockery of history, turning its horrors into a series of graceful jokes and mischievous gestures. You can call this escapism if you like. You can also think of it as revenge.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
March 6, 2014
Anderson has made a madcap caper that doubles as a winsome eulogy for such archaic virtues as glamour, civility, and dutiful customer service.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
March 5, 2014
For once, Anderson will let his airless snow globe be shaken and dropped, and in this case crudely glued back together by Communism, coyly referred to as the time of "common property"
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
March 5, 2014
In the end it's Fiennes who makes the biggest impression. His stylized, rapid-fire delivery, dry wit and cheerful profanity keep the movie bubbling along. Here's to further Fiennes-Anderson collaborations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 5, 2014
I amaze myself by liking this latest lunatic cocktail as much as I do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 5, 2014
I've had my Wes Anderson breakthrough - or maybe it's that he's had his. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a marvelous contraption, a wheels-within-wheels thriller that's pure oxygenated movie play.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 4, 2014
The auteur's style-dramatic zooms, winking symmetry-is balanced against a newfound political context; this one's his To Be or Not to Be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 4, 2014
Europe is just this nutty place where a lot of crazy mixed-up stuff happened and look at this darling model ski lift! That's Wes Anderson: He can't see the forest for the twee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 27, 2014
A movie that, for all its gorgeous frills and furbelows ... never seemed to me to be quite sure what it was about.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 25, 2014
An exquisitely calibrated, deadpan-comic miniature that expands in the mind and becomes richer and more tragic.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 13, 2014
No amount of visual invention can substitute for characters, though, and Anderson doesn't so much write characters anymore as recruit a great cast and dress them up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 13, 2014
The film's shaggy-dog, sort-of-whodunit yarn offers laughs and energy that make this Anderson's most fun film since Rushmore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
February 6, 2014
Over the years, Wes Anderson's movies have steadily developed a lush, eccentric world that operates on its own terms, and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" excels at exploring it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2014
In a very appealing if outre way, its sensibility and concerns are very much those of an earlier, more elegant era, meaning that the film's deepest intentions will fly far over the heads of most modern filmgoers.
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Justin Chang
Variety
February 6, 2014
Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of a bygone era.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
February 6, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel brought out my inner Hunca Munca, of Two Bad Mice fame: This meticulously appointed dollhouse of a movie just went on and on, making me want to smash many miniature plates of plaster food in frustration.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 6, 2014
Course after course of desserts, presented with a flourish and served so promptly that you can barely catch your breath between treats. It's not until an hour or two has passed that you realize that you haven't really eaten anything.