The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

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The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Ishaya Bako
Written by Ishaya Bako
Starring Zainab Balogun
Release date
  • 8 September 2017 (2017-09-08) (TIFF)
  • 10 February 2018 (2018-02-10) (Nigeria)
Country Nigeria
Language English

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a 2017 Nigerian comedy film directed by Ishaya Bako. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[1]


Critical reception[edit]

Upon the premiere of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, review aggregating website CREETIQ rated the film 5.3/10 citing mixed reviews from 2 critics.[2] Courtney Small of Cinema Axis opined that "Though The Royal Hibiscus Hotel will no doubt find an audience with die-hard rom-com fans, those looking for a more well-rounded experience will be somewhat disappointed"[3] while Chelsea Phillips-Carr (Pop Matters) was more receptive of the film further stating that "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel proves that playing within genre doesn't have to result in a mediocre film."[4]

Film Scriptic scored the movie 46%, with a grade D. Isedehi Aigbogun highlights its pros and cons, with a concluding statement: "...TIFF screened this movie in 2017...out of charity and a huge dose of networking"[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Toronto Adds Films From Aaron Sorkin, Louis C.K., Brie Larson". Variety. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Admin (18 September 2016). "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel - CREETIQ". CREETIQ. 
  3. ^ Courtney Small (18 September 2016). "TIFF 2017: THE ROYAL HIBISCUS HOTEL". Cinema Axis. 
  4. ^ Chelsea Phillips-Carr (18 September 2016). "'The Royal Hibiscus Hotel'". Pop Matters. 
  5. ^ "RHH — CLICHÉ IS AS CLICHÉ DOES - Film Scriptic". Film Scriptic. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 

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