Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

Average Rating:
Rate this:
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption; before everything goes to hell.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Mar 09, 2020

An odd ball thriller with odd ball characters. Gotta pay attention (we had to rerun a scene to see what had happened).

Feb 06, 2020

This kinda got bad reviews and dropped from theaters, but it's actually pretty good, if a bit derivative of other, better crime films, namely those of the Coen Brothers. In fact, Jeff Bridges is even in this. This is the kind of movie where a bunch of people with shady pasts and, perhaps nefarious intents, end up in the same place, in this case a groovy motel on the California/Nevada border. The great cast includes Bridges, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Cynthia Erivo, who does her own singing, and Chris Hemsworth, whose character is a mixture of Manson and Jim Morrison. If you like somewhat twisted crime stories and somewhat brutal violence, this is probably for you.

Dec 11, 2019

Good movie. Attention to detail and crafting characters. Great acting even the less capable actors pulled it off. Watch.

Nov 02, 2019

RE: Violent Movie--
This movie takes place at a hotel called the El Royale. The Nevada/Califorinia state boundary literally runs down the middle of the hotel. This hotel is important because some bank robbers in the 1960s buried $2 million under the hotel floor room. This movie had characters with different backgrounds: the vacuum salesman, the ballroom singer, the priest, the Marine soldier, and the charismatic group leader. In the movie, a bank robber disguised as a priest returns and tries to find and unearth the stolen money. ******
This movie had the style and feel of a Quintin Tarantino film. Because the movie was broken down by movie chapters. This movie reminded me of the movie called Pulp Fiction. El Royale just got more strange as it progressed. For example, El Royale had one hotel room that had about 20 microphone bugs. So, management could listen in to conversations that hotel costumers had. Also, the hotel rooms had two-way mirrors so that management can film what is going on in the hotel room. There were people getting shot and stabbed. So, the film was filled with rated R violence. If you like violence and blood splatter, then this movie is for you. This is not a family movie.

Sep 20, 2019

Random group of bad people showed up in hotel and really bad things broke lose. Rather bloody and violent.

Sep 12, 2019

Different stories and fates mingling to a final conclusion. Much violence and death. It takes it's sweat time. Amusing and entertaining with some thrills and chills.

Aug 25, 2019

This movie, like Tarantino's latest venture, is for those of is who lived or grew up in the 60s. A time of discovery, of freedom, of empowerment. It was also the era of learning distrust, of parents, government, religion, all of which has led to present society. See the movie from that perspective, it will make sense.

Aug 22, 2019

A let down for sure. Too many characters, too much going on and way too long.
Good cast though.

Jul 24, 2019

I guess I kinda liked it. It was weird, for instance, WHY is Brit CYNTHIA ERIVO, who is portraying 'HARRIET' Tubman in an upcoming feature, playing a fake character based on DARLENE LOVE, singing REAL songs by her, and others of the time, I guess? And you say this IS a 'REAL HOTEL'? Did they REALLY have see through windows to secretly watch and tape the tenants? eww, I hope not. Nowadays, all you need is a teeny tiny camera you can hide in a thumb tack, so that is even MORE scary. Anyhow, it was pretty good if you like lots of violence.

Jul 06, 2019

...and a bad time in front of the TV screen.

Disappointed here, given the good cast--and the good performances they provide.

The concept means the audience has pretty heavy "suspension of disbelief" to shoulder. Why, for instance, do hotel rooms come equipped withthose 2-way mirrors onto that secret passage? Maybe I missed something... Why aren't their other guests booked in? This is no "hole in the wall" low-rent rendezvous! Never explained...

The premise is good--the back-and-forth in time is often handled well-- but there's so much going on, one potentially important character has little screen time. And what goes on, goes on about 20 min. too long. The writer/director is in LOVE with his material--and that's bad, because it all becomes sacred. You get during the very first scene, a time-lapse take against the ENTIRE Four Preps oldie, 26 Miles--all 2 min. and 31 seconds of it. All we need is maybe 90 seconds.

The writer/director is in LOVE with the music, too. 3-4 minute recording studio action is lovingly recreated ("He's A Rebel") is lovingly recreated, but we only need 2 minutes. You could argue we don't need it at all.

"Kill your darlings," William Faulkner told writers, so good authors toss out stuff they "love." What we need here is a homicidal editor to do the same.
Nice try. No cigar.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
May 20, 2019

anonymouswe thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over


Add a Quote
Jan 23, 2019

19 quotes in IMDb and hope to see more soon:


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top