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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Adventure . Drama . Comedy

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

Actors: Bill Murray , Jude Law , Harvey Keitel , Jeff Goldblum , Willem Dafoe , Adrien Brody , Mathieu Amalric , F. Murray Abraham , Tony Revolori , Ralph Fiennes
Directors: Wes Anderson
Country: USA , GERMANY , UK
Release: 2014-03-28
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  • Drew McWeeny

    It is safe to say that The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of those breakthrough moments, a movie that is so beautifully realized from start to finish that I almost doubted myself on the way home. Could I really have enjoyed that film that much?

    HitFix Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is as artistically manicured as any of his seven previous movies, and richer comically and emotionally than most.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    There are moments of depth there as well, as Anderson touches on themes of friendship and loyalty. More than anything else, though, The Grand Budapest Hotel is just a fun ride -- a wild, wonderful ride seemingly plucked out of Anderson's dream journal.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Williams

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

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steven Rea

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

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • 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 it, The Grand Budapest Hotel becomes something wonderful.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is nothing short of an enchantment.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Anderson the illusion-maker is more than graceful, he's dazzling, and with this movie he's created an art-refuge that consoles and commiserates. It's an illusion, but it's not a lie. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mr. Anderson’s eighth feature, will delight his fans, but even those inclined to grumble that it’s just more of the same patented whimsy might want to look again. As a sometime grumbler and longtime fan, I found myself not only charmed and touched but also moved to a new level of respect.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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 Be."

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    It’s wonderful.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    A captivating 1930s-set caper whose innumerable surface pleasures might just seduce you into overlooking its sly intelligence and depth of feeling.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The Grand Budapest Hotel shows Anderson engaging with the world outside his meticulously composed frames like never before.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    A marvelous contraption, a wheels-within-wheels thriller that's pure oxygenated movie play.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    While it has many familiar ingredients — from the atmosphere to the ensemble of Anderson regulars in nearly every role — in its allegiance to Anderson's vision, everything about The Grand Budapest Hotel is a welcome dose of originality.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's a terrific movie.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is one of Anderson’s funniest and most fanciful movies, but perversely enough it may also be his most serious, most tragic and most shadowed by history, with the frothy Ernst Lubitsch-style comedy shot through with an overwhelming sense of loss. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    There’s nothing lost in his continued refinement of style; if anything, it makes the pleasures of his work that much more acute.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Grand Budapest is Anderson's most mature film, and his most visually witty, too. It's playful without being self-congratulatory, and somehow lush without being cloying.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic styling is The Grand Budapest Hotel, an exquisitely calibrated, deadpan-comic miniature that expands in the mind and becomes richer and more tragic.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    From the start, it’s clear Anderson is working with a new sophistication both in the vocabulary and structure of the film’s voiceover narrations.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    What does it add up to? What’s it all about, Wes? In a word: evanescence.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    One of Anderson's cleverest and most gorgeous movies, dipping just enough of a toe in the real world — and in the melancholy works of its acknowledged inspiration, the late Austrian writer Stefan Zweig — to prevent the whole thing from floating off into the ether of minor whimsy.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    As always, Wes Anderson places his trademark precision in direct confrontation with the chaos and confusion menacing his beloved characters.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    We should all be so lucky as to live in a world designed, peopled and manipulated by Wes Anderson. His latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a dark, daft and deft triumph of design details.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Anderson leavens the lunacy with a few acts of sudden and extreme violence or avert-your-face sex, which seem as extravagant as the rest of his notions. Perhaps they’re in there to change the flavor of the humor, the way Mendl might put a bitter coffee bean in a chocolate torte to keep it from cloying us.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Gustave’s protégé, the “lobby boy” Zero Moustafa (played as a young man by Tony Revolori and as an adult by F. Murray Abraham), is as much an enigma as Gustave.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Anderson’s latest invention, The Grand Budapest Hotel, may be his most meticulously realized, beginning with the towering, fictional building for which it’s named.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    As off-kilter affecting as we found its nostalgia for a world of charm and dash that really only ever existed in the movies, and as terrific as almost all of the performances are, as a whole package it fell just slightly short of the promise of its parts.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    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. Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Despite being one of his most ostentatious films to date, the setting, plot, performances and authorial tone on display marry together seamlessly to simultaneously heighten and smooth his trademark style.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    Another meticulously stylish and deadpan Wes Anderson movie that walks the fine line between masterpiece and folly.

    Empire Full Review
  • Emma Morgan

    Wes Anderson’s eighth feature has a heft beneath its icing, heart behind its artifice. Check in, and you won’t want to leave.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Andrew Pulver

    With this film, Anderson has built a thoroughly likable vision of a prewar Europe – no more real, perhaps, than the kind of Viennese light-operetta that sustained much of 1930s Hollywood – but a distinctive, attractive proposition all the same. It's a nimblefooted, witty piece, but one also imbued with a premonitory sadness at the coming conflagration.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Full of Anderson’s visual signatures – cameras that swerve, quick zooms, speedy montages – it’s familiar in style, refreshing in tone and one of Anderson’s very best films.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A compulsively arranged sacher torte of a movie, an elegant mousetrap of stories-within-stories that invokes history with a temperament ranging from winsome to deeply mournful.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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 unconventional, comedy-tinged adventure that references numerous classic movies while developing a style and narrative approach all its own.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    For sure, it’s another example of style over substance — a richly deserved accusation that is always leveled at this kindergarten cop of a director, but I confess it’s a lot of scattered and disjointed fun.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    As played with a melancholy rakishness by the handsomer-than-ever Fiennes, M. Gustave is one of Anderson’s more memorable creations—but he’s stranded in a movie that, for all its gorgeous frills and furbelows... never seemed to me to be quite sure what it was about.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    “GBH” is a featherweight screwball comedy that, trying mightily to be cosmopolitan, feels awfully provincial, desperately touristy.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Denby

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is no more than mildly funny. It produces murmuring titters rather than laughter -- the sound of viewers affirming their own acumen in so reliably getting the joke. [10 March 2014, p.78]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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