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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Ethan Hawke, in his feature directorial debut, has brought Nicolette Burdette's play to the screen with fluid grace and a perfect blend of...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Movies like this do not grab you by the throat. You have to be receptive.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Too freewheeling for its own good, like a Robert Altman ensemble piece without a gravitational core. But Hawke's actors are a talented...
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Chicago Tribune

Aims for a sadness and desperation that is crudely announced rather than subtly demonstrated.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The ethos of the Chelsea Hotel may shape Hawke's artistic aspirations, but he hasn't yet coordinated his own DV poetry with the Beat he...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The few minutes of footage devoted to a performance by bona fide jazz artist "Little" Jimmy Scott, an eccentric cult favorite, is more...
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Boston Globe

As for Hawke's direction, if there is any, it certainly isn't apparent. The shots are frequently bland and uneven, and the players act as...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
With most movies that fail, the fault can be ascribed to carelessness or lack or inspiration or cynicism. But Chelsea Walls, directed by...
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New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Calling it pretentious doesn't do justice to the toxic faux-bohemianism and unearned self-regard that bubble and ooze out of every aspect...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The actor's directorial debut is a lugubriously poetic homage to the famed Chelsea Hotel, which is to New York's artistic and beatnik past...
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Rated R | For language