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Following up on his innovative work Timecode, which featured four stories being told in real time simultaneously, Mike Figgis returns to a modified form of his technique in this film about the tourists, the prostitutes, the tour guides, a killer, and a film crew who frequent the Hungarian Palace Hotel in Venice, Italy. A corrupt Eastern European politician and his moll are visiting the city to complete a shady business deal while Sophie is a high-priced call girl who makes an office in one of the hotel's suites. The film crew is attempting to shoot a Dogma 95-style adaptation of John… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wears out its welcome pretty fast."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Pretensions permeate Hotel, which, as a movie about movies, is the cinematic equivalent of a humor column in The Hollywood Reporter."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Its convoluted, highly allegorical story line will put off many. However, it is certainly a fresh and original take on digital cinema, and, for no other reason, it may be appreciated as a film stretching the very form of filmmaking."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"it's through its anarchic, try-anything chutzpah that this bizarrely erotic satire succeeds and entertains"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Mainly there's a lot of rambling, posing and the smell of everyone involved giving in to the worst sort of art-damaged self-indulgence."
‑ , E! Online
"Pretentious avant-garde comedy."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"It's a love-it-or- hate-it proposition."
‑ Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger
"A crystal-clear example of what happens when actors and filmmakers congregate with too much time on their hands."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A train wreck of a film whose chaotic, partly improvised story and too-tricky mix of film stocks, image sizes, split-screen effects and color/B&W footage overwhelm some phenomenally beautiful sequences and a memorable performance by Saffron Burroughs."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An early favorite for Worst Film of 2003"
‑ Edward Havens,
"A movie that works in no conventional sense, and succeeds in several unconventional ones."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If you came across Hotel playing on monitors in a museum of contemporary art it would grab your attention for a while, but as a movie, it's too pretentious, too confusing and just too much."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Are you trying to tell me that Salma Hayek actually understood this script and I did not?"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Figgis cooks up fewer memorable cinematic tricks here than in Time Code, his previous picture, but he still deserves credit for taking more artistic chances than a dozen ordinary directors."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The plot is so insane that we never get a grip on what's going on, so we never care at all about the characters or situations."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
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