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  • Summary: Like Figgis's "Time Code," this experimental ensemble piece splits the screen between four simultaneous storylines: the filming of a period movie "The Duchess of Malfi," a sleazy documentary about the making of that movie, a murder plot, and a bizarre maid service. The four stories ultimately converge during the festivities of the Venice Carnival. Expand
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  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. Figgis still deserves credit for taking more artistic chances than a dozen ordinary directors.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Though Hotel has brilliant moments, and an energetic first half, it falls away badly in the later stages.
  5. 40
    As usual, Figgis coaxes moon-shooting performances, but all the furious improv lacks any sort of map.
  6. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    Despite the bits that work brilliantly, the movie as a whole really only works as an experimental curiosity.
  7. 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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. TimH.
    Jan 3, 2006
    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! Expand

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