Chelsea Walls
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Actor Ethan Hawke takes the director's chair for a test drive with this independent feature, based on a play by Nicole Burdette, in which a number of creative types living in New York's famed bohemian enclave the Chelsea Hotel struggle with their muses as well as their personal concerns. Middle-aged novelist Bud (Kris Kristofferson) is having problems with his latest project, as well as his appetite for alcohol, while he juggles two relationships -- with his wife Greta (Tuesday Weld) and his lover Mary (Natasha Richardson). Audrey (Rosario Dawson) is a poet who is attracted to Val… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"Movies like this do not grab you by the throat. You have to be receptive."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Linklater fans, or pretentious types who want to appear avant-garde will suck up to this"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"As you may know, this film is directed by Ethan Hawke. Nicely shot, well acted, fine direction, well-organized (for what it is), but short on both impact and message."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A free-for-all of half-baked thoughts, clumsily used visual tricks and self-indulgent actor moments."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Apollo Guide
"It is dead on the inside, never quite achieving the movements and emotional solidity the material demands."
‑ , Chicago Tribune
"Were Dylan Thomas alive to witness first-time director Ethan Hawke's strained Chelsea Walls, he might have been tempted to change his landmark poem to, 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Theatre.'"
‑ Erin Meister, Boston Globe
"...a disastrously ill-conceived drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The film apparently takes place in a fantasy world where people in hotel hallways recite poetry in voice-over instead of speaking to each other."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"It's a beautifully accomplished lyrical meditation on a bunch of despondent and vulnerable characters living in the renown Chelsea Hotel ..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hawke's actors are a talented troupe, and even when things get self-indulgent and fuzzy-headed (and boy, do they!), interesting stuff is going on."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie is essentially a series of fleetingly interesting actors' moments."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Pretentious navel-gazing hoo-hah."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This is a very ambitious project for a fairly inexperienced filmmaker, but good actors, good poetry and good music help sustain it."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"This thing is virtually unwatchable."
‑ Paul Matwychuk, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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