Chelsea Walls

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Chelsea Walls
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEthan Hawke
Written byNicole Burdette
Based onCheslea Walls
by Nicole Burdette
Produced by
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byAdriana Pacheco
Music byJeff Tweedy
Distributed byLions Gate Films
Release dates
Running time
109 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$60,902[3]

Chelsea Walls is a 2001 American drama film directed by Ethan Hawke in his directorial debut and written by Nicole Burdette, based on her 1990 play of the same name. It stars Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Robert Sean Leonard. The story takes place in the historic Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan.

Cheslea Walls premiered at the 2001 Woodstock Film Festival, and was released in theaters in the United States on April 19, 2002, by Lions Gate Films.


The film tells five stories of a number of artists as they spend a single day in New York's famed bohemian home Chelsea Hotel, struggling with their arts and personal lives.



On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 26% of 47 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.2/10, earning it a score of "Rotten". The website's critics consensus reads, "The meandering Chelsea Walls is more pretentious than poetic."[4] On Metacritic, the film holds a weighted average score of 34 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[5]

Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four, claiming: "Movies like this do not grab you by the throat. You have to be receptive. The first time I saw "Chelsea Walls," in a stuffy room late at night at Cannes 2001, I found it slow and pointless. This time, I saw it earlier in the day, fueled by coffee, and I understood that the movie is not about what the characters do, but about what they are. It may be a waste of time to spend your life drinking, fornicating, posing as a genius and living off your friends, but if you've got the money, honey, take off the time."[6]


  1. ^ "CHELSEA WALLS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2003-06-24. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  2. ^ Roger Ebert (June 7, 2002). "Chelsea Walls". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on February 27, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "Chelsea Walls (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Chelsea Walls at Rotten Tomatoes
  5. ^ "Chelsea Walls". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  6. ^ Roger Ebert review of Chelsea Walls,; accessed July 4, 2015.

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