Alice King
August 16, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Chelsea Walls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
109 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/19/02
performer
Natasha Richardson, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kris Kristofferson, Marisa Tomei, Frank Whaley, Steve Zahn
director
Ethan Hawke
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Nicole Burdette
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

Bless Ethan Hawke. He’s out there living his boho life with Uma, doing the indie-actor thing, writing his novels, and now directing a low-budget, murky montage of a film (digital, no less) about New York City’s legendary haven for artistic types (Dylan Thomas, de Kooning, Sid and Nancy), the Chelsea Hotel. The earnestness of Hawke’s homage to the grimy demimonde of would-be artistes is almost touching, but it would take a finger-snapping Beat lover to stomach this hackneyed bunch of alcoholic/alienated/poetry-spouting/paint-stained/guitar-strumming ”dreamers.”

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