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Metascore

Based on 11 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Ferrara’s unconventional methods only manage to serve Chelsea on the Rocks, his loving portrait of Manhattan’s boho landmark, the Chelsea Hotel.
75
Rambles a bit, but it's a real slice of New York history.
75
It's a celebration of a shady landmark, but also a lament.
70
A warm and curiously engaging film despite many flaws and the sloppiness of its construction.
70
Manhattan's storied hotel is the timely subject of this passionate tribute.
67
The movie’s most enjoyable moments are the brief instances when Ferrara himself intrudes on the scene.
60
Variety
A skittery, rambling but often absorbing portrait.
50
An enraptured fantasia of high times at the hotel, the film is so intoxicated with the Chelsea’s bohemian mystique it virtually consumes itself.
40
Ferrera's shaggy tone, which fits the iconic building, gets irritating. Still, if you come for the stories, you'll stay for the company.
30
Village Voice
Chelsea rambles--and in a way that makes you want to move down the bar.

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