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Hotel Mumbai Reviews

October 10, 2019
Hotel Mumbai is thoughtful and considered in its approach - more so, at least, than we usually expect from glossy adaptations of international tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2019
It's a tense and sometimes moving directorial debut for Maras, an Australian who until now has specialised in shorts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2019
Art born of outrage has to be more rigorous - and we might also contemplate what merit there is in guaranteeing prospective terrorists a filmed account of their misdeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2019
Hotel Mumbai seems so determined to act like a bog-standard fictional siege thriller that you find yourself wondering why it isn't one. It might not have been all that memorable, but it would have felt considerably less grubby.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2019
It isn't The Towering Inferno Goes to India. It's more United 93 Plays Out on Terra Firma; with the terrors of terrorism no less firmly and vividly portrayed before they are courageously combated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2019
If you are going to mine human suffering for cheap thrills, the least you could do is make it entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 23, 2019
An invented scenario might have been easier to accept as entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2019
What do we do with all this filmmaking dexterity when it serves an effort that feels exploitative and too soon?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2019
Hotel Mumbai is a chilling and valuable reminder of acts of madness, and acts of heroism, that should never be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2019
Uneasy and unnerving, "Hotel Mumbai" is a tough one to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 28, 2019
Hotel Mumbai is part survival thriller, part docudrama - and all of a confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2019
An all-out assault on the senses, Hotel Mumbai will stay with you, though it's hard to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2019
There were innumerable ways to tell the story of the Mumbai attacks responsibly, and with greater emotional punch... Instead, the filmmakers leaned into the body count. It's technically competent filmmaking - just not ethically.
March 27, 2019
"Hotel Mumbai" captures the Taj siege so hauntingly, messages of hope and reassurance aren't easily heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2019
"Hotel Mumbai" is a clockwork thriller, but man, is it hard to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2019
"Hotel Mumbai" is a road map of atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2019
The fictionalized parts are hamstrung by clichés of character, situation and dialogue, making for a very uneasy experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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March 25, 2019
There isn't a single wasted frame in this movie, which is both richly detailed and economically direct in its emotional impact-all the more astounding for a first feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 22, 2019
Any movie that sweats bullets to vividly portray what real bullets do is in its way a kind of grim act of artistic service to our violence-saturated culture.
March 21, 2019
It's always unfair to ask a film to be something it isn't: Hotel Mumbai was meant to be an action thriller, and that's what it is, for better or -- mostly -- worse.
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March 21, 2019
In Hotel Mumbai, death is ever-present, and it is so calculatingly exacted by its terrorists - and its filmmaker - that its depiction comes close to sadism: grueling, yes, but never truly shocking.
March 21, 2019
It's well-made and, at times, excruciatingly tense, even if you wonder why anyone would want to sit through it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 21, 2019
What "Hotel Mumbai" does best is re-create - to an at times unrelenting extent - what the terror and confusion of being in this kind of situation must be like.
March 21, 2019
In an uneasy blend of fact and fiction, the film creates entertainment out of a horrific 2008 tragedy at at hotel in India. There is solid professionalism in the way director Anthony Maras gets the job done. But to what end?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 21, 2019
The more involving "Hotel Mumbai" plays in the moment, the queasier it seems in retrospect. It reduces the randomness of real-life bloodshed to the slick thrills of a popcorn movie.
March 20, 2019
Maras... hasn't made a strong case for the value of his film's existence, either as entertainment or homage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 19, 2019
Visceral and suspenseful, "Hotel Mumbai" is also deeply humane and moving.
| Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2019
Lurking below the movie is an unsavory irony: the killers and the filmmakers picked the hotel for the same reasons.
November 30, 2018
Maras is confident and unflinching in this portrait of the "mindless" terror, as one news report played in the film said. He is also masterful in delivering a range of emotions.
September 13, 2018
Making this kind of film inherently walks a fine line between art and exploitation, and Hotel Mumbai feels like the latter.
September 10, 2018
Hotel Mumbai is an excellent, white-knuckle thriller - and an unlikely crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2018
What redeems "Hotel Mumbai" from morbid opportunism is that, in all but its slickest and most Hollywood moments, the thrills of Maras' heart-wrenching re-enactment are never an end unto themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 9, 2018
Whatever else it may offer to audiences - vicarious thrills, emotional catharsis - "Hotel Mumbai" clearly serves as a testament to those remarkable individuals.
September 8, 2018
The film is both gripping in its execution - although a two-hours-plus running time feels a bit stretched - and totally bland in what it's trying to say, with characters who don't really stand out on screen.