California Suite
California Suite (1978)

Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy -- a sequel of sorts to his Plaza Suite -- enlists the same format of four distinctive sketches, this time set in the sun-soaked Beverly Hills Hotel. But Simon is texturing his stories with a darker… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 15, 1978
DVD Release Date: January 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Less than successful, veering from poignant emotionalism to broad slapstick in sudden shifts.

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Ted Whitehead
The Spectator

The desperation of the director, Herbert Ross, is embarrassingly obvious in the Crazy Gang antics of this foursome.

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Emanuel Levy

For one of the acts in Neil Simon's stale anthology, Maggie Smith won a Supporting Oscar for playing a hard-drinking actress who complains to her bisexual husband (Michael Caine) that "Acting doesn't win Oscars. What I need is a dying father."

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Means middle-class angst covered with a thin veneer of snappy one-liners and presented in the most anonymous directorial style imaginable.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The West Coast version of Plaza Suite.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Dire: good actors playing the worst versions of one-dimensional Neil Simon joke machines.

David Pirie
Time Out

Quick and varied comedy, highly suited to Neil Simon's machine-gun gag-writing.

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TV Guide

An all-star bitch fest, slickly served.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

sharp script and acting

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Neil Simon don't do a very good work, like another films written by he. The first hour, California Suite is nothing poignant. After, the movie get better,… More
Dean McKenna
The best latter duo (Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby) getting the worst break, however, as their seg is chopped up, spread around and generally given short shrift… More
Ken Stachnik
Good movie, GREAT cast
xGary Xx
Okayish Neil Simon comedy with a strong cast (the story involving Michael Caine and Maggie Smith is particularly witty) but I couldn't shake the feeling I… More
Aj V
Another all-star fiasco. This movie is supposed to be funny and dramatic, but it's in fact very boring and has very little humor. There are a couple of… More
Sunil Jawahir
Maggie Smith and Michael Caine were amazing. She earned that Oscar.