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. 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.
  2. Much talking, much sex, much to-do about nothing.
  3. 80
    Though finally overwhelmed by a preening lassitude, Hotel is never less than fascinating.
  4. Figgis still deserves credit for taking more artistic chances than a dozen ordinary directors.
  5. 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.
  6. Hotel might be best described as the art-house version of "Cannonball Run."
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    30
    Despite the bits that work brilliantly, the movie as a whole really only works as an experimental curiosity.
  9. 70
    If you're ready to roll with Hotel and take what it gives you, there's some rich entertainment here.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    50
    Though Hotel has brilliant moments, and an energetic first half, it falls away badly in the later stages.
  13. 40
    As usual, Figgis coaxes moon-shooting performances, but all the furious improv lacks any sort of map.
  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.

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