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Reviews: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

grand_budapest_hotelReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: The Grand Budapest Hotel conferma la straordinaria grazia dell’autore ed il suo talento di narratore: le ossessioni rimangono le stesse di sempre.
  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La filmografía de Wes Anderson eclosiona en una propuesta tremenda, tan impoluta en su puesta en escena como delicada, tierna e inteligente en sus contenidos. Creativamente infinito, un trabajo fundamental y distinto a todo.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: The scrumptious labyrinthine narrative and cast pedigree established, Anderson dives into the story of Grand Budapest concierge M. Gustave, whose old school manners, ubiquitous Le Panache cologne, and taste for the hotel’s older clientele marks him as a man whose “era was over long before he was born” (a label which also holds true for Anderson). Embodied by Ralph Fiennes, effortlessly inserting himself into Anderson’s world as if he was there for its inception, M. Gustave guides viewers and Zero through the hotel’s lavish and painstakingly created interiors with many a laugh along the way.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is just plain fun, full of the filmmaker’s signature flourishes and curlicues, worked out with skill and finesse, with Alexandre Desplat’s bouncy, witty score providing extra snap.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is as great as a film – complex and stirring yet warm and rich – as “The Royal Tenenbaums,” but entirely different.
  • Jesse Cataldo @ Slant
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a fitfully amusing cuckoo clockworks, but although its nostalgic yearnings for the craftsmanship of yesterday, a Sehnsucht, is palpable, it lacks the real heart found in Anderson’s better works.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Time will tell if it truly represents the quintessence of his work. But one thing is clear. The first great movie of 2014 has arrived, and it is a terrific, touching adventure.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El gran hotel Budapest tiene unos problemas narrativos enormes, pero Anderson los compensa con una parte visual personalísima y genial, y con toneladas y toneladas de encanto e imaginación.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
  • Dustin Freeley @
    • Excerpt: Anderson’s latest film looks at the fetishization of history and the celebrity of authorship.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Many Wes Anderson films have been intricately laced together, the ingredients blending just so. But nothing matches this perfectly layered concoction, wrapped up in an impeccable confectioner’s bow.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Wes Anderson’s delightfully original, bittersweet, slyly campy saga of murder, theft and conspiracy – a whimsical, madcap romp.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: One does not simply watch a Wes Anderson film – you experience it. The Grand Budapest Hotel is best appreciated as a work of art in which to luxuriate in the glorious ambiance of its fastidious charms.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A grownup storybook of a movie spun out of candy-colored nonsense that challenges you to embrace its falseness and deny its romance.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: Structurally the picture is wrapped within layers of narrative murk, like some sort of demented matryoshka doll incarnate.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • [New – 4/2/15] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is [Wes Anderson’s] latest visual triumph, taking a quirky and irreverent look at murder mysteries as only Anderson can.
  • Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?
    • Excerpt: The Grand Budapest Hotel seems to represent the logical, highly advanced live-action extension of the frame-by-frame thinking of Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Whrilwind storytelling leaves the emotional core behind
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: As fun a romp as The Grand Budapest Hotel may be for the majority of its running time, it remains just too eager to shock, surprise and poke fun to be truly emotionally involving when it suddenly decides to shift into a darker register. It merely feels like a dishonest film that wants to pluck at the heartstrings but is too cool to risk looking soft.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Better than simply grand…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The rare turnout in Ottawa for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ proves that people will actually pay to see a good film.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Mais um grande filme de Wes Anderson. Mais um projeto de humor e drama repleto de excelência com aquele toque mágico que só Anderson consegue dar aos filmes.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Coming off Moonrise Kingdom – one of his best-reviewed and most popular films – director Wes Anderson has scored another hit with The Grand Budapest Hotel, a WWII-era film set in a fictional Central European nation.
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: E como ingrediente máximo, o retrato da Vida contado por duas pessoas que, ao entrarem no Inverno da existência, conseguem reflectir sobre o significado dos anos e das pessoas que ficaram para trás. Uma simplicidade aparente, um filme que se valoriza à medida que o vemos e vai certamente melhorar enquanto envelhecemos e olhamos para trás.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The Grand Budapest Hotel is nothing short of a delight. It is a sugary, multilayered confection, as colorful and complex and precariously stacked as the courtesans du chocolate that become an important plot point in the movie’s narrative.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: His brave and original style doesn’t always fit the material, but this is his second-straight film – following Moonrise Kingdom – that shows his love of cinema and his mastery of simple story-telling.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A delight to the eye, intricately designed and flawlessly crafted [with] a streak of tenderness and melancholy to go along with Anderson’s characteristic whimsy and wit.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: As with Anderson’s other works, Budapest achieves an astonishing feat by finding genuine pathos and exhilaration within a pointedly artificial, affected setting.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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