Grand Hotel
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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 intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day. Greta Garbo is Grusinskaya, a ballerina whose jewels are coveted by Baron von Geigern (John Barrymore), a thief who fancies Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing (Wallace Beery), businessman boss of Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), a terminally ill bookkeeper who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As it is, the hotel is well filled."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The Nashville of its day, Grand Hotel's reputation has outgrown its actual quality"
‑ , Time Out
"The star-filled melodrama that is Grand Hotel became a blueprint for almost every glossy Hollywood soap opera that followed it."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"Grand Hotel was the first Garbo film I ever saw, and she enchanted me effortlessly, despite the presence of the rest of the powerful ensemble cast."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It comes with a grand reputation but by today's standards is outdated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Alfred Rushford Greason, Variety
"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."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"This is Golden Era Hollywood-studio style at its most opulent."
‑ , Total Film
"Creaky, aged and utterly enchanting."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"MGM at its glossiest and most melodramatic, with a an all-star cast that includes Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, and Lewis Stone--the kind of pictures they don't make anymore."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Less effective as a movie than as a dazzling parade of star iconography."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It hasn't aged as well as some Oscar-winners, but neither is it as dated as, for example, Cimarron."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"How thoroughly does Joan Crawford own Grand Hotel? She makes Greta Garbo superfluous."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"An all-star cast give varying shades of good performances to highlight a fun and interesting story about the sordid affairs of the rich and not-so-famous."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It's a Hollywood legend, a big, brassy melodrama overflowing with top stars."
‑ David Cornelius,
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