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  • Summary: The residents of the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, young and full of expectations, mingle with the old hotel ghosts and guests, ultimately becoming interchangeable. They form a community, linked by their dreams. The Chelsea Hotel never really leaves the people who live there, nor do they ever really leave it. (Lions Gate Films) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. Ethan Hawke, in his feature directorial debut, has brought Nicolette Burdette's play to the screen with fluid grace and a perfect blend of dreaminess and grit, expressed in camerawork that seems to float and in Jeff Tweedy's shimmering, gently insistent score.
  2. The cast is certainly impressive, and probably reason enough for seeing this.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    50
    Aims for a sadness and desperation that is crudely announced rather than subtly demonstrated.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Speak a great deal, but they don't have much to say. A dull ensembler.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    Pretension, in its own way, is a form of bravery. For this reason and this reason only -- the power of its own steadfast, hoity-toity convictions -- Chelsea Walls deserves a medal.
  6. Reviewed by: Erin Meister
    25
    As for Hawke's direction, if there is any, it certainly isn't apparent. The shots are frequently bland and uneven, and the players act as though their only instruction was ''Just show up at the set and remember your lines.'' At least they seem to have gotten that much right.
  7. Calling it pretentious doesn't do justice to the toxic faux-bohemianism and unearned self-regard that bubble and ooze out of every aspect of Chelsea Walls.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8

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