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The Best Review I Ever Got: 'Hotel Noir''s Sebastian Gutierrez

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire October 10, 2012 at 9:52AM

The writer/director of "Women in Trouble" and "Girl Walks into a Bar" on the negative review he wanted to turn into a pull quote.
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"Hotel Noir."
"Hotel Noir."

In "The Best Review I Ever Got," filmmakers reveal their favorite piece of criticism about their own work. This week: "Hotel Noir" director Sebastian Gutierrez:

"I hesitate to call this the 'best' review I ever got, because it was not a compliment; it was an insult. But, when I did 'Women in Trouble,' this teeny little movie that was a labor of love, somebody -- and I forget, I'm sorry, whichever critic it was -- said 'It was as if Russ Meyer had done a Lifetime movie.' And I thought, 'That is perfect!' I wanted to use it as a pull quote, like when 'Lost Highway' came out and David Lynch put on the poster, ''Two Thumbs Down!' Two more great reasons to see 'Lost Highway.'' So I thought that was a really good review."

From Glenn Whipp's review of "Women in Trouble" for the Associated Press:

"'Women In Trouble' follows a day in the life of 10 different females, united by their uncanny ability to look fabulous in their underwear while in the throes of emotional crisis. Imagine Russ Meyer directing a Lifetime movie and you get an inkling of the film's high camp, though that still might not prepare you for a full 90-minute session with writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez's Victoria's Secret School of Philosophy."

Read the rest of "Review: Humor Falls Flat in 'Women In Trouble.'" Sebastian Gutierrez's Hotel Noir is now available on demand.

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