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Grand Hotel


The classic picture about a group of guests at a posh Berlin hotel who struggle through scandal and heartache. Starring Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, and Lionel Barrymore.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A commercial picture of high box office potential, first by assembling the most impressive aggregation so far of strictly Bradstreet screen names, and then by filming the play practically unaltered in form.

- Alfred Rushford Greason, Variety, Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Fresh: Less effective as a movie than as a dazzling parade of star iconography.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Fresh: Creaky, aged and utterly enchanting.

- David Parkinson, Empire Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

If I'm not mistaken, this is like the grandaddy of all star-studded ensemble films that features intersecting characters and storylines. The story takes place in the present day (early 1930s) at the Grand Hotel in Berlin. It's a lavish place, and, despite someone saying that is a place where "nothing ever happens" that proves to be far from the truth. when the story begins ,some of the people caught up in events going on include a destitue Baron (John Barrymore) who spends his time gambling and occasionally thieving jewels, a meek accountant (Lionel Barrymore) who, after learning he is dying decides to spend his remaining days living a life of luxury, his former employer (Wallace Beery) an industrialist at the hotel trying to close an important deal, a stenographer (Joan Crawford) who aspires ot be an actress, and a Russian Ballerina (Greta Garbo) on the verge of a complete meltdown. Here's some notable bits of info about the movie: it is so far the only film to win the Oscar for Best Picture that wasn't nominated for any other award. Also, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford (the two biggest stars at the time)never share any screen time together as it was believed having them do so would disasterously reult in each one trying to outshine the other. If you wanna see what a classic Old Hollywood picture (and Old Hollywood royalty) look like, then give this a watch. It's a pretty good little yarn and a fine example of Class A filmmaking from that era.

- cosmo313, Thursday, October 13, 2011

4 stars

"Grand Hotel" is an iconic relic. It's an important film because it was the first of it's kind in terms of multiple, interconnected, existential story lines and the first film to gather together a large, star studded ensemble. Since the structure of the film was completely new, the various threads can be derivative and seem more like a series of vignettes than a cohesive whole. But the cast is enchanting and the blending of genres is risky and invigorating. "Grand Hotel" is by no means a perfect film and it's entertainment value can be all over the place, but it's still an intriguing and important motion picture to this day.

- stevenecarrier, Monday, July 25, 2011

3 stars

If you love old movie stars, you'll want to see this movie. It's got a good number of them, and a good story.

- ajv2688, Monday, September 6, 2010