Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. 80
    Though finally overwhelmed by a preening lassitude, Hotel is never less than fascinating.
  2. 75
    Most audiences will find it baffling and unsatisfactory. Those who are open to its flywheel peculiarities may find it bold, funny, peculiar and delightful.
  3. Figgis still deserves credit for taking more artistic chances than a dozen ordinary directors.
  4. 70
    If you're ready to roll with Hotel and take what it gives you, there's some rich entertainment here.
  5. 70
    Surprisingly enjoyable, even if you'd hesitate to call it a complete success. Indeed, Figgis expects you to sit back and roll with the pleasurable moments.
  6. Long stretches of Mike Figgis' film are jaw-droppingly pretentious or painfully dull... Nevertheless, there are clever, funny, erotic and visually beautiful moments scattered throughout the film.
  7. Hotel might be best described as the art-house version of "Cannonball Run."
  8. 50
    Until he finds a style to better communicate ideas or emotions, Figgis' plans to reinvent cinema will have to go back to the drawing board.
  9. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    50
    Though Hotel has brilliant moments, and an energetic first half, it falls away badly in the later stages.
  10. 40
    A train wreck of a film whose chaotic, partly improvised story and too-tricky mix of film stocks, image sizes, split-screen effects and color/B&W footage overwhelm some phenomenally beautiful sequences and a memorable performance by Saffron Burroughs.
  11. 40
    As usual, Figgis coaxes moon-shooting performances, but all the furious improv lacks any sort of map.
  12. Much talking, much sex, much to-do about nothing.
  13. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    30
    Despite the bits that work brilliantly, the movie as a whole really only works as an experimental curiosity.
  14. An ambitious, experimental mess of a movie in search of something more profound.
  15. 30
    Like Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" this has a banquet scene posed like The Last Supper, but the basic idea--toothless satire trimming a dull star party--reminded me more of "Ready to Wear."
  16. Figgis certainly was after something different, but like "Timecode," in which four linked stories unwind in separate panels, Hotel proves to be a fundamentally insipid bid at experimental narrative.
User Score
3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. TimH.
    Jan 3, 2006
    8
    Loosen up people. A bit capricious and the slightest bit obtuse, but it's nice to see someone with the courage to take some risks and Loosen up people. A bit capricious and the slightest bit obtuse, but it's nice to see someone with the courage to take some risks and try something new. A film need not reinvent cinema or perform a masterstroke to be worth watching or to sooth a brain that's worn thin by Hollywood's near-constant flow of uninspired trash based on much-hackneyed premises and painfully simple cliches. If this film is a personal milestone for the director on the path to finding their own voice, then I am honored to have been witness to the unfoldment of even a fragment of their dreams in cinema-graphic form. To be sure, the film contains many great ideas and some fresh editing approaches at the very least. Well done and I wish this director the very best! Full Review »