Chelsea Walls
Chelsea Walls (2001)

Actor Ethan Hawke takes the director's chair for a test drive with this independent feature, based on a play by Nicole Burdette, in which a number of creative types living in New York's famed bohemian enclave the Chelsea Hotel… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 21, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The meandering Chelsea Walls is more pretentious than poetic.

Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

Pretension, in its own way, is a form of bravery. For this reason and this reason only -- the power of its own steadfast, hoity-toity convictions -- Chelsea Walls deserves a medal.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Movies like this do not grab you by the throat. You have to be receptive.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Linklater fans, or pretentious types who want to appear avant-garde will suck up to this

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Chicago Tribune

It is dead on the inside, never quite achieving the movements and emotional solidity the material demands.

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Erin Meister
Boston Globe

Were Dylan Thomas alive to witness first-time director Ethan Hawke's strained Chelsea Walls, he might have been tempted to change his landmark poem to, 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Theatre.'

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a disastrously ill-conceived drama...

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Hawke's actors are a talented troupe, and even when things get self-indulgent and fuzzy-headed (and boy, do they!), interesting stuff is going on.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

The movie is essentially a series of fleetingly interesting actors' moments.

Scott Weinberg

Pretentious navel-gazing hoo-hah.

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Ethan Hawke's passionate directorial debut paints a mosaic of love, dreams, regrets and plenty of other things that we all experience as people.… More
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<i>I want to contradict myself by accident, and for you to know what I mean...</i> <p>This film, which really isn't a movie as such, more… More