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Bad Times at the El Royale (15)

Thriller, Mystery

US thriller, set in the 1960s, in which several guests check in to a rundown hotel.

The critical consensus

Bags of fun. Goddard and his cast have a riot in a thriller that dances to its own beat.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 28/09/2018

A beautifully staged film with everything is in its place, this is both an affectionate homage and a timely commentary, falling only slightly short of its own ambition. Classy pulp fiction.

****(*)Alex Godfrey, Empire Online, 28/09/2018

An atmospheric and air-tight noir.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 08/10/2018

For all its twisty unexpectedness, it didn’t deliver a really satisfying denouement.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/10/2018

As it runs out of steam, the film seems more and more like pastiche Tarantino.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 13/10/2018

Has all the indulgence of a late-period Tarantino film and none of the depth.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/10/2018

Stuffed with subplots and self-indulgence, this strange second feature stifles its tension.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 13/10/2018

Take a bow Drew Goddard for following up the successes of Cloverfield, The Cabin In The Woods and The Martian with yet another bloody and rib-tickling blast with depth, poignancy and a soundtrack to literally die for.

****(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 18/10/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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