Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)



Critic Consensus: Smart, stylish, and packed with solid performances, Bad Times at the El Royale delivers pure popcorn fun with the salty tang of social subtext.

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Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption... before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.

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Jeff Bridges
as Father Daniel Flynn
Dakota Johnson
as Emily Summerspring
Jon Hamm
as Laramie Seymour Sullivan
Cailee Spaeny
as Emily's Sister
Chris Hemsworth
as Billy Lee
Jim O'Heir
as Milton Wyrick
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Critic Reviews for Bad Times at the El Royale

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (29)

This Irwin-Allen-sized B-movie mostly works thanks to Goddard's knack for nesting-doll-style narrative compartmentalization and his talent for bringing out the best in his uniformly strong ensemble cast...

October 15, 2018 | Full Review…
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Bad Times at the El Royale starts with a lot of promise and a full head of steam; even half-way through I was engaged. But the movie eventually careens off the track.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Taking turns in the spotlight, everyone in the cast is outstanding.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Careful framing, mysterious characters, slow builds, violent surprises, and a dynamite parade of very nearly on-the-nose songs from the mid- to late-1960s

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Bad Times at the El Royale isn't an event. But I was never too bored.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

An unfortunately apt demonstration of what can befall a clever filmmaker who gets too clever.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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Some captivating performances by the cast couldn't overcome the disjointed/aimless non-linear timeline that distracted from the story without adding any kind of extra value to the development of the plot.

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