The Beat Hotel
The Beat Hotel (2012)

1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel became a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. The hotel soon turned into an epicenter of Beat writing that produced some of the most… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 30, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Never amounts to more than a flabby piece of counterculture nostalgia.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

[Scales] new heights of inessentiality...

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Well-edited and mildly engaging, but it barely scratches the surface of its subject matter.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Mr. Govenar's textbook history of the scene (from around 1957 to 1963) is twinklingly delivered by surviving former residents and scholarly chroniclers.

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Louis Proyect

Shocked at the negative reviews here. This is by far the best documentary on the beats.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

The Beat Hotel was but one of many domiciles, too small to possess anything but their ephemeral bodies.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Impressionistic documentary about the temporary Parisian home of the Beat writers fails to justify its full-length running time.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Likeable documentary about a Beat Generation hotspot that makes you want to pack up your laptop and write away in some cheap garret with a shared toilet.

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