Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    100
    It is safe to say that The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of those breakthrough moments, a movie that is so beautifully realized from start to finish that I almost doubted myself on the way home. Could I really have enjoyed that film that much?
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 27, 2014
    100
    The Grand Budapest Hotel is as artistically manicured as any of his seven previous movies, and richer comically and emotionally than most.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 21, 2014
    100
    There are moments of depth there as well, as Anderson touches on themes of friendship and loyalty. More than anything else, though, The Grand Budapest Hotel is just a fun ride -- a wild, wonderful ride seemingly plucked out of Anderson's dream journal.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 20, 2014
    100
    After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 14, 2014
    100
    Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Mar 13, 2014
    100
    It’s quintessential Anderson... but also an unabashed entertainment. And that’s something to see.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 13, 2014
    100
    That perception of Fiennes and Gustave is central to the whole enterprise. Without it, the movie just breaks off and flies away. But with it, The Grand Budapest Hotel becomes something wonderful.
  8. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Mar 12, 2014
    100
    The Grand Budapest Hotel is nothing short of an enchantment.
  9. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Mar 7, 2014
    100
    Anderson the illusion-maker is more than graceful, he's dazzling, and with this movie he's created an art-refuge that consoles and commiserates. It's an illusion, but it's not a lie.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 6, 2014
    100
    The writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment.
  11. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 6, 2014
    100
    The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mr. Anderson’s eighth feature, will delight his fans, but even those inclined to grumble that it’s just more of the same patented whimsy might want to look again. As a sometime grumbler and longtime fan, I found myself not only charmed and touched but also moved to a new level of respect.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 4, 2014
    100
    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."
  13. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Feb 6, 2014
    100
    It’s wonderful.
  14. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 6, 2014
    100
    A captivating 1930s-set caper whose innumerable surface pleasures might just seduce you into overlooking its sly intelligence and depth of feeling.
  15. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 13, 2014
    91
    The Grand Budapest Hotel shows Anderson engaging with the world outside his meticulously composed frames like never before.
  16. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 5, 2014
    91
    A marvelous contraption, a wheels-within-wheels thriller that's pure oxygenated movie play.
  17. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 6, 2014
    91
    While it has many familiar ingredients — from the atmosphere to the ensemble of Anderson regulars in nearly every role — in its allegiance to Anderson's vision, everything about The Grand Budapest Hotel is a welcome dose of originality.
  18. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 14, 2014
    90
    It's a terrific movie.
  19. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 6, 2014
    90
    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.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 6, 2014
    90
    Real life is not the movie's concern. Mr. Anderson's lovely confection — that's a pastry metaphor — keeps us smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud. Yet acid lurks in the cake's lowest layers.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 4, 2014
    90
    There’s nothing lost in his continued refinement of style; if anything, it makes the pleasures of his work that much more acute.
  22. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Mar 4, 2014
    90
    Grand Budapest is Anderson's most mature film, and his most visually witty, too. It's playful without being self-congratulatory, and somehow lush without being cloying.
  23. 90
    Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic styling is The Grand Budapest Hotel, an exquisitely calibrated, deadpan-comic miniature that expands in the mind and becomes richer and more tragic.
  24. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 13, 2014
    88
    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.
  25. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 13, 2014
    88
    What does it add up to? What’s it all about, Wes? In a word: evanescence.
  26. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 13, 2014
    88
    One of Anderson's cleverest and most gorgeous movies, dipping just enough of a toe in the real world — and in the melancholy works of its acknowledged inspiration, the late Austrian writer Stefan Zweig — to prevent the whole thing from floating off into the ether of minor whimsy.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 7, 2014
    88
    It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.
  28. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 6, 2014
    88
    His (Anderson) abiding love for a vanished past, real and imagined, is at the core of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The thrill comes in watching as this rare talent gives his movie wings.
  29. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Feb 28, 2014
    88
    As always, Wes Anderson places his trademark precision in direct confrontation with the chaos and confusion menacing his beloved characters.
  30. 88
    We should all be so lucky as to live in a world designed, peopled and manipulated by Wes Anderson. His latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a dark, daft and deft triumph of design details.
  31. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Mar 20, 2014
    83
    Anderson leavens the lunacy with a few acts of sudden and extreme violence or avert-your-face sex, which seem as extravagant as the rest of his notions. Perhaps they’re in there to change the flavor of the humor, the way Mendl might put a bitter coffee bean in a chocolate torte to keep it from cloying us.
  32. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 7, 2014
    83
    Gustave’s protégé, the “lobby boy” Zero Moustafa (played as a young man by Tony Revolori and as an adult by F. Murray Abraham), is as much an enigma as Gustave.
  33. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Mar 5, 2014
    83
    Anderson’s latest invention, The Grand Budapest Hotel, may be his most meticulously realized, beginning with the towering, fictional building for which it’s named.
  34. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Feb 6, 2014
    83
    As off-kilter affecting as we found its nostalgia for a world of charm and dash that really only ever existed in the movies, and as terrific as almost all of the performances are, as a whole package it fell just slightly short of the promise of its parts.
  35. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Mar 6, 2014
    82
    Anderson has abandoned a bit of his whimsical nature for the later portions of the film, but the film’s first half hour presents one of his most darling settings yet, until, of course, it all crumbles into murder, mayhem and bad renovations.
  36. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    Jun 23, 2014
    80
    Despite being one of his most ostentatious films to date, the setting, plot, performances and authorial tone on display marry together seamlessly to simultaneously heighten and smooth his trademark style.
  37. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Mar 3, 2014
    80
    Another meticulously stylish and deadpan Wes Anderson movie that walks the fine line between masterpiece and folly.
  38. Reviewed by: Emma Morgan
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Wes Anderson’s eighth feature has a heft beneath its icing, heart behind its artifice. Check in, and you won’t want to leave.
  39. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Feb 6, 2014
    80
    With this film, Anderson has built a thoroughly likable vision of a prewar Europe – no more real, perhaps, than the kind of Viennese light-operetta that sustained much of 1930s Hollywood – but a distinctive, attractive proposition all the same. It's a nimblefooted, witty piece, but one also imbued with a premonitory sadness at the coming conflagration.
  40. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Feb 6, 2014
    80
    Full of Anderson’s visual signatures – cameras that swerve, quick zooms, speedy montages – it’s familiar in style, refreshing in tone and one of Anderson’s very best films.
  41. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 6, 2014
    80
    Constant lateral tracks, push-ins, whip-pans, camera moves timed to dialogue, title cards, chapter headings, miniatures, use of stop-action, fetishization of clothing and props, absurdist predicaments — all the techniques Anderson has honed over the years — are used to pinpoint effect here.
  42. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 13, 2014
    75
    A compulsively arranged sacher torte of a movie, an elegant mousetrap of stories-within-stories that invokes history with a temperament ranging from winsome to deeply mournful.
  43. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 12, 2014
    75
    It's not as endearing as "Moonrise Kingdom" but not as tedious as "The Darjeeling Limited." 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.
  44. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 5, 2014
    75
    For sure, it’s another example of style over substance — a richly deserved accusation that is always leveled at this kindergarten cop of a director, but I confess it’s a lot of scattered and disjointed fun.
  45. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    The Grand Budapest Hotel is no more than mildly funny. It produces murmuring titters rather than laughter -- the sound of viewers affirming their own acumen in so reliably getting the joke. [10 March 2014, p.78]
  46. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    The result is a film almost too reliant on its players to push it through.
  47. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Mar 4, 2014
    60
    As played with a melancholy rakishness by the handsomer-than-ever Fiennes, M. Gustave is one of Anderson’s more memorable creations—but he’s stranded in a movie that, for all its gorgeous frills and furbelows... never seemed to me to be quite sure what it was about.
  48. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 4, 2014
    50
    “GBH” is a featherweight screwball comedy that, trying mightily to be cosmopolitan, feels awfully provincial, desperately touristy.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 472 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 113
  2. Negative: 17 out of 113
  1. Mar 8, 2014
    10
    All of which combines to make what feels like Wes Anderson’s most heartfelt film thus far. One that effortlessly straddles genres and works as both a nostalgic paean to a more innocent time and an examination of the very nature of storytelling itself. But most of all, it’s a beautifully realised account of the friendship that once formed between a lowly lobby boy and the legendary concierge who took him under his wing. Grand Budapest Hotel finds director Wes Anderson at the top of his game, delivering what may be his best film yet. Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2014
    0
    I am not the type that needs comedies to make me laugh out loud, but this movie didn't even prompt a smile or snicker. I have never seen a greater discrepancy between critics reviews and my enjoyment of a movie. First movie in many years I have walked out of, and my wife felt the same. Full Review »
  3. May 4, 2014
    0
    If you are the kind who thinks nothing of spending $5.50 on a latte mocafretti frappe cappuccino, reads/studies Nietzsche and still thinks it's quality time spent when watching the Kardashian's , would gladly pay scalping-prices of $200/ticket for your seven yr old daughter or granddaughter to see Katy Perry, then run to see this movie. This was a listed as an R-rated comedy? Yeh, that is a laugh. bill murray...wasted owen Wilson...wasted. harvey keitel...ditto. adrien brody....How could you? I can't recall a more forgettable bunch of worthless dialogue and disjunctive goings-on. I darn near asked for money back. total waste of time. Full Review »