Bad Times at the El Royale

Release Date: October 12th, 2018

R |2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers -- a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee -- converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Offerman

Director: Drew Goddard

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, Goddard Textiles

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Quest , Hotel , Deception , Rivalry , 1960s , Temptation , Sister , Sacrifice ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    There’s ample amusement in the twists, betrayals and revelations that unspool. But Bad Times never really transcends the inherent limitations of its setup; it’s fun, but fleeting. show more

  • 50
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    It's great to look at, nearly giddy with pop-culture love, and its particulars are intriguing. But those pieces — by turns weird, soulful and exhilarating — merely accumulate, when they should be generating magic. show more

  • 60
    Inkoo KangSlate

    Until its resolution, Bad Times is a fun-enough romp through retro genre pleasures. But when it drags in the real world in its final scenes, it reveals itself to be just as fatuous as most such nostalgic pastiches tend to be. show more

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