The Grand Budapest Hotel Synopsis
A famous hotel's legendary concierge strikes up a friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
That perception of Fiennes and Gustave is central to the whole enterprise. Without it, the movie just breaks off and flies away. But with...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay.
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Anderson the illusion-maker is more than graceful, he's dazzling, and with this movie he's created an art-refuge that consoles and...
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The auteur’s style — dramatic zooms, winking symmetry — is balanced against a newfound political context; this one’s his "To Be or Not to...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
It’s quintessential Anderson... but also an unabashed entertainment. And that’s something to see.
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The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
It’s wonderful.
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By Justin Chang
A captivating 1930s-set caper whose innumerable surface pleasures might just seduce you into overlooking its sly intelligence and depth of...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.
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By James Berardinelli
It's not as endearing as "Moonrise Kingdom" but not as tedious as "The Darjeeling Limited." It offers an engaging 90+ minutes of...
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A Delightful Romp

By wordgirl24
Quintessential Wes Anderson, at the same time going farther, to be quirkier and more fun than ever. Loved every minute! Ralph Fiennes is charming, and Willem Dafoe is characteristically excellent. A...

Creative, imaginative, and moving.

By Juslapoint
The whimsical approach to a rather deep plot line, filled with humor and fun, yet reflecting a hard time in human history, was put together with amazing writing and directing. This movie had your...

The Grand Budapest Hotel

By georgethethird
This is a fun, acerbic take on a mythical past left us by the bygone era of the Hapsburg empire, the super wealth of that time and the falling into war while asleep of the same era. It is fun, sad...

The Grand Budapes Hotel

By francinefieldman
It's "Fargo" meets "Fawlty Towers" - Deadpan humor - witty but quite violent in a couple scenes. The sets and landscapes were awesome! You really thought you were there! It's one of those movies...

The Grand Budapest Hotel

By pbegley
Great cast but really flat film. Cinematography is interesting, as are the sets and settings. But there is no story and no comic sense of timing or intrigue or anything else that would have made this...

Poirot, Clouseau, Tintin, and Steve Martin all in one

By cristinat41161
Tight writing, wonderful actors, and exquisitely composed shots combine in this hilarious, super-serious parody of just about everything. It uncannily seems to reference even the Winter Olympics and...

Quirky and out of the ordinary

By lynnsurp
This movie is odd but funny and is a parody on other classics in several respects. Ralph Fiennes is great. There are several cameo appearances by other comic actors. It was a nice diversion....

Droll, pointless humor

By producto
very dry humor that wants you to laugh at whatever ridiculous act the writers come up with. It was as if people were laughing as a way to pronounce that they "Understood the point of the humor". ...

Another quirky masterpiece

By edlewusa
You either like Anderson's quirky style of movies or you don't. If you don't, this is a great movie to be drawn into his style. If you do, well, don't have to say anything else. Ralph Fiennes was...

why was this movie made

By marjorie1
Total waste of time other than we saw this movie at an AMC theatre with the reclining seats and I would be happy to sit in these seats for two hours with a blank screen....

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Rated R | For Some Sexual Content, Language and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Witty, whimsical farce with some cartoonish violence.
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