Niagara Motel
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A handful of oddballs and misfits cross paths at a motel overlooking one of Canada's more recognizable landmarks in this independent comedy. Phillie (Craig Ferguson) is the alcoholic and deeply depressed manager of the Niagara Motel, a shabby inn a stone's throw from the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. Phillie's guests at the moment include Michael (Kevin Pollak), a sleazy director and producer of porn videos who is attempting to persuade Loretta (Caroline Dhavernas), a pretty young waitress at a nearby diner, to star in his latest series of adult movies; Denise (Anna Friel)… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A blue chip cast is wasted in the painfully unfunny ensemble comedy Niagara Motel, about a gaggle of self-absorbed nitwits struggling to make ends meet on the Canadian side of the tourist mecca."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"I'm not exactly sure what compelled me to finish watching this so-called "black comedy," which is a little heavy on the black and far too light on the comedy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
" overly quirky yet strangely compelling drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Yates has given himself so many stories to tell here that his only plausible excuse for Niagara Motel's total lack of dramatic tension or laughs is a script that fails to include a solitary good line."
‑ Matt McNally,
"Too many characters and so much plot that no single scenario ever develops into an absorbing drama."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"a tragicomic ensemble piece about people on the edge and love on the rocks."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The lives of nine assorted down-and-outers converge in frequently funny and sometimes tragic ways, giving Yates a chance to put his own spin on a template perfected decades ago by Robert Altman and reinvigorated in recent years by P.T. Anderson."
‑ David Schmeichel, Jam! Movies
"The quirky script is packed with good lines and off-the-wall moments and the stories are surprisingly moving in places."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The actors are more or less on the same page, trying as much as possible to underplay this overheated material. But that doesn't help when the page itself is a scribbled sheet of foolscap crammed with narrative tangents and thematic jottings."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"An unfunny ensemble that completely wastes the talent gathered and the material it's based on."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"An ensemble piece with spirit, vitality and a heavy dose of dark, twisted humour."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Extremely watchable, even though it's a bit fragmented and unfocussed."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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