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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.
Mystery Thriller - This is a fairly long suspense thriller with a small ensemble cast.
Of the actors, Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo have the most prominent
roles, and Chris Hemsworth has the least amount of screen time.
Language, violence, and drug content make the film not for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average "Bad Times at the El Royale” has a lot of plot. Almost enough to support its 140-minute running time. But once the threads are more or less pulled together, the movie devolves into a bloody, drawn-out standoff plot in which a preening villain struts around being appalling while the camera eats up his every move.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average Here's the thing about Bad Times at the El Royale: When it's good, it's very, very good — and when it's bad, this retro whatsit is a whole lot of awful. Punishingly long at 2 hours and 21 minutes, the movie is still crammed with enough depraved delights to make you consider checking in.
Rex ReedFull Review Poor Half modern western, half thriller, an unspeakable waste of time called Bad Times at the El Royale is depraved, self-indulgent trash that is a narrative mess and, at nearly two-and-a-half hours in length, seems to go on forever.
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average ...the film is more complex than it initially appears, and what begins as a cheeky retro chamber drama morphs into an often expectation-busting blend of noir and pitch-black comedy.
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It's January 1969. Richard Nixon has been inaugurated as the 37th president of
the United States. A new decade beckons. And seven very different but equally
lost souls converge on the El Royale, a once-glorious resort that has since
fallen-like its visitors-into disrepute.
Situated on the border between California and Nevada, the El Royale offers
warmth and sunshine to the west; hope and opportunity to the east. It also
straddles the colliding worlds of past and present. Once the hotspot of Tahoe,
where the country's most famous celebrities and politicians comingled in and
around the resort's casino, bar, bungalows and pool, the good times have now
come to a close.
As is the El Royale. Now, in the resort's lobby where the shine has faded and
the laughter fallen silent, gather Father Daniel Flynn (Jeff Bridges), soul
singer Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Erivo), traveling salesman Laramie Seymour
Sullivan (Jon Hamm), hippie Emily Summerspring (Dakota Johnson), her sister Rose
(Cailee Spaeny), manager Miles Miller (Lewis Pullman) and the enigmatic Billy
Lee (Chris Hemsworth).
Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at
redemption... before everything goes to hell.