By Owen Gleiberman
Updated January 19, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

FOUR ROOMS (R) It sounded like an irresistible idea: a four-episode comedy set in a Hollywood hotel, with each chapter directed by a different hot talent from the independent-film scene. But the filmmakers — Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and the maestro himself, Quentin Tarantino — end up resorting to the same audience-bamboozling tactics: situations rife with slapstick mayhem, and a general atmosphere of cultivated obnoxiousness. It doesn’t help that poor Ted the bellhop (Tim Roth) is the hero of every episode. Roth’s performance is a piece of geek camp, as if he knew it were up to him to bring some life to the party. C