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Hotel

While a British film crew are shooting a version of The Duchess of Malfi in Venice, they in turn are being filmed by a sleazy documentary prima donna while the strange staff share meals which consist of human meat. Then there is the hit man, the call girl and the Hollywood producer all managing to become part of the madness.
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Variety by David Stratton

Though Hotel has brilliant moments, and an energetic first half, it falls away badly in the later stages.
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New York Post by Jonathan Foreman

Long stretches of Mike Figgis' film are jaw-droppingly pretentious or painfully dull... Nevertheless, there are clever, funny, erotic and visually beautiful moments scattered throughout the film.
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TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

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.
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Los Angeles Times by Manohla Dargis

Figgis certainly was after something different, but like "Timecode," in which four linked stories unwind in separate panels, Hotel proves to be a fundamentally insipid bid at experimental narrative.
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Film Threat by Rich Cline

Despite the bits that work brilliantly, the movie as a whole really only works as an experimental curiosity.
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L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

Surprisingly enjoyable, even if you'd hesitate to call it a complete success. Indeed, Figgis expects you to sit back and roll with the pleasurable moments.

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