The Million Dollar Hotel Wim Wenders still wears the heavy halo of an art house giant. That's partly because he attracts international cult casts who romp through his dawdling… The Million Dollar Hotel Wim Wenders still wears the heavy halo of an art house giant. That's partly because he attracts international cult casts who romp through his dawdling… 2001-02-02 R PT122M Mystery and Thriller Mel Gibson Milla Jovovich Jeremy Davies Amanda Plummer Jimmy Smits Peter Stormare Gloria Stuart Icon Entertainment International Kintop Pictures Kintop Pictures Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

The Million Dollar Hotel (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
Jimmy Smits, Jeremy Davies, ... | ON A WIM Jimmy Smits (center) and Davies are ''Hotel'' residents
ON A WIM Jimmy Smits (center) and Davies are ''Hotel'' residents
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: Feb 02, 2001; Rated: R; Length: 122 Minutes; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Mel Gibson and Milla Jovovich; Distributors: Kintop Pictures and Lions Gate Films

Wim Wenders still wears the heavy halo of an art house giant. That's partly because he attracts international cult casts who romp through his dawdling tableaux as if they'd just stepped off a party page photo spread for the movie's premiere (look! It's Milla Jovovich winking at Bud Cort!), and also because Wenders may be the last European director to divvy up the world into the killjoys and the ragged saints.

In The Million Dollar Hotel, Mel Gibson, looking miserable in a crew cut, is the FBI hard case who investigates a suicide at an L.A. flophouse whose residents might be auditioning for a road show company of ''King of Hearts.'' There's the half witted skate punk (Jeremy Davies), the cowering waif (Jovovich), the foul mouthed old lady (Gloria Stuart), and the lunatic who thinks he's the fifth Beatle (Peter Stormare). 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.

Originally posted Feb 09, 2001
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