28 Hotel Rooms

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28 Hotel Rooms
28 Hotel Rooms poster.jpg
Directed by Matt Ross
Produced by Lynette Howell
Louise Runge
Samantha Housman
Screenplay by Matt Ross
Starring Chris Messina
Marin Ireland
Cinematography Doug Emmett
Edited by Joseph Krings
Mott Street Pictures
OneZero Productions
Silverwood Films
Distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories
Release date
  • November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $18,869[1]

28 Hotel Rooms is an American feature film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Chris Messina and Marin Ireland. It is Matt Ross' first feature film.


A novelist and a corporate accountant conduct an affair over a period of several years, meeting only when they are each traveling for work in a city far from their homes. The film takes a minimalist approach: it consists entirely of scenes between the two of them in hotel rooms.[2]



Matt Ross' original idea was to make an intimate film about a relationship that would primarily focus on characters rather than plot. He stated that "the genesis of this movie came out of conversations I had with Chris Messina".[3]

After two weeks of rehearsal,[4] filming began in Los Angeles and continued for a week or two. During this time Marin Ireland was flying back and forth between Los Angeles and New York, where she was filming the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. The film was edited during the next couple of months and it was determined that certain additional scenes were needed to help further define the relationship between the two characters. These last remaining scenes were shot in New York over the course of about another week.[5] Filming took in total about 18 days.

Before and during the shooting of the film, Ross encouraged the actors to collaborate in its development, resulting in more than 49 hours of material, some of it scripted and some improvised. During postproduction, many different complete versions of film were created, with scenes in different orders, different plots, and different beginnings or endings, before one version was selected as final.[6]

Critical reaction[edit]

Variety found it neither dramatically nor intellectually stimulating despite good chemistry between the lead actors.[7] Slant gave it 1.5 out of 4 stars.[8] The Village Voice felt that the characters weren't properly fleshed out, and that the film's stripped-down, minimalist approach prevented a sense of getting insight into their lives.[9] The New York Times was also unimpressed, praising the quality of the acting but noting a lack of any dramatic tension drama or passion in the characters' relationships with each other.[2] Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a score of 38%.[10] Metacritic has given it a score of 50%.[11]


  1. ^ "28 Hotel Rooms (2012)". Box Office Mojo. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (November 15, 2012). "Check-In, Check-Out Affair". New York Times. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "28 Hotel Rooms (2012)". Covering Media. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  4. ^ * (2012-11-16). "Q&A with Marin Ireland". Anthem Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  5. ^ "28 Questions for Chris Messina about "28 Hotel Rooms"". Aroundphilly.com. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  6. ^ Press Kit
  7. ^ Koehler, Robert (Jan 23, 2012). "28 Hotel Rooms". Variety. 
  8. ^ Bowen, Chuck (November 4, 2012). "28 Hotel Rooms". Slant Magazine. 
  9. ^ Nordine, Michael (Nov 14, 2012). "28 Hotel Rooms". Village Voice. 
  10. ^ "28 Hotel Rooms". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  11. ^ "28 Hotel Rooms Reviews". Metacritic. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 

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