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The Million Dollar Hotel Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    If any of these characters were half as resonant as Wenders appears to think they are, the film might have seemed charming instead of merely stranded.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A fantasy, a fairy tale, but its characters and the emotions they elicit become painfully real.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A mellow dream of a movie that's an acquired taste. It's attractive because of the oblique way that Mr. Wenders ambles through a murder mystery that's stronger on characterization than on plot.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Andy Seiler

    Wenders creates an imaginative, stylized cityscape, but what's missing is the compelling story that could bring the setting to life.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Self-indulgent and boring; mature teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is a lot of mature content here, but most older teens won't have the patience for it anyway. Parents should be aware of some mature themes (murder/suicide, the exploitation of mentally handicapped characters) as well as some extreme profanity and violence.

  • Families can talk about film noir and perhaps see some better examples of the genre.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some diversity in the cast.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A suicide (or murder) in the form of a plunge from a building.

  • sex false3

    Sex: There is physical affection between Eloise and Tom Tom, but nothing too objectionable.

  • language false5

    Language: Plenty--there's a very foul-mouthed elderly resident who uses the F-word and every other profanity imaginable.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue