Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel (1932)

Based on Vicki Baum's novel and produced by Irving Thalberg, this film is about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where "nothing ever happens." That statement proves to be false, however, as the story follows an… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perhaps less a true film than a series of star-studded vignettes, Grand Hotel still remains an entertaining look back at a bygone Hollywood era.

Irene Thirer
New York Daily News

Each and every performer in the screened "Grand Hotel" does a remarkable piece of work. To us, Garbo is the supreme of magnificence.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Less effective as a movie than as a dazzling parade of star iconography.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A tremendously sturdy, thoroughly unimaginative, and massively entrancing sample of the early-'30s Hollywood machine doing everything exactly right.

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TIME Magazine

As it is, the hotel is well filled.

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Andrew Nickolds
Time Out

The Nashville of its day, Grand Hotel's reputation has outgrown its actual quality

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Witney Seibold

The camera movements and production values are elaborate and intriguing and engaging. There is a sense of activity, of bustle in every frame.

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Alfred Rushford Greason

A commercial picture of high box office potential, first by assembling the most impressive aggregation so far of strictly Bradstreet screen names, and then by filming the play practically unaltered in form.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is a production thoroughly worthy of all the talk it has created and the several motion-picture luminaries deserve to feel very proud of their performances, particularly Greta Garbo and Lionel Barrymore.

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Joanna Berry
Radio Times

The star-filled melodrama that is Grand Hotel became a blueprint for almost every glossy Hollywood soap opera that followed it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Various guests, including an aging dancer, a dying accountant, a business magnate, a beautiful stenographer, and a thief, stay at a posh German hotel. It takes… More
Aj V
If you love old movie stars, you'll want to see this movie. It's got a good number of them, and a good story.
Chris Weber
If I'm not mistaken, this is like the grandaddy of all star-studded ensemble films that features intersecting characters and storylines. The story takes… More
Veronique Kwak
1932 "grand hotel" shall be one of the most essential popular classic movies of 1930s ever with its starry cast of john barrymore, greta garbo and… More
Steven Carrier
"Grand Hotel" is an iconic relic. It's an important film because it was the first of it's kind in terms of multiple, interconnected,… More
Mason Williams
Grand Hotel, from MGM in 1932 is a who's who of Hollywood. Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, and Lionel Barrymore all shine in this classic. All… More