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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    His (Anderson) abiding love for a vanished past, real and imagined, is at the core of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The thrill comes in watching as this rare talent gives his movie wings. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    That perception of Fiennes and Gustave is central to the whole enterprise. Without it, the movie just breaks off and flies away. But with it, The Grand Budapest Hotel becomes something wonderful. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Real life is not the movie's concern. Mr. Anderson's lovely confection — that's a pastry metaphor — keeps us smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud. Yet acid lurks in the cake's lowest layers. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The result is a film almost too reliant on its players to push it through. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Constant lateral tracks, push-ins, whip-pans, camera moves timed to dialogue, title cards, chapter headings, miniatures, use of stop-action, fetishization of clothing and props, absurdist predicaments — all the techniques Anderson has honed over the years — are used to pinpoint effect here. show more

  • 82
    Film.com

    Anderson has abandoned a bit of his whimsical nature for the later portions of the film, but the film’s first half hour presents one of his most darling settings yet, until, of course, it all crumbles into murder, mayhem and bad renovations. show more

  • 100
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    It’s quintessential Anderson... but also an unabashed entertainment. And that’s something to see. show more

  • 100
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay. show more

  • July 08, 2014 jackd1207
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    Reminiscent of an old Zero Mostel comedy. I've never been a fan of Zero Mostel comedies; way too silly. I was disappointed.

  • April 30, 2014 denniscaples
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    A work of Art. Once upon a time movies were made without effects or affects. This film stands on writing, good directing, perfect actor character matching, and real acting. Ralph Fennes is Gustav. Presented as a "we just happened to have filmed a story in the unfolding". Will stand as a Classic

  • April 27, 2014 Michael Tod
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    The best part of this movie was the senior discount!

  • April 27, 2014 robafry
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    Excellent, but I was surprised that it was darker than "Moonrise Kingdom". Cat lovers be prepared for a shock! I was amused that Zero as an old man was played by an actor about 6" taller than Zero as a young man!

  • April 27, 2014 allthemorans
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    I thought this movie was charming and very entertaining. The film style is fun, and I thought it was well done. Lots of cameos. If you liked the Best Marigold Hotel, you will like this.

  • April 24, 2014 neilanita
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    I was very disappointed in this movie. I understood it was to be a comedy. While there might have been a chuckle or two, that was all. Can't even understand why it is in the theaters. Plus there was only 2 other people in the show and they didn't laugh either.

  • April 22, 2014 kilmoon
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    We all loved this movie. Agree with another review that it is for sophisticated taste! You have to like dry, quirky movies to like this one. Actors did a great job!! Seeing it again tonight

  • April 21, 2014 kaufmommy
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    Clever, funny, enchanting film about serious topics but tongue-in-cheek and spectacular sets and scenes. Sophisticated taste.

  • April 20, 2014 jowlsh2o
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    Hard to describe this yawner of a movie. I expected so much more from the great cast. Maybe I just don't understand Wes Anderson.

  • April 20, 2014 camehner
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    A big YAWN...

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