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New York Times:
It is a production thoroughly worthy of all the talk it has created and the several motion-picture luminaries deserve to feel very proud of their performances, particularly Greta Garbo and Lionel Barrymore.
New York Daily News:
Each and every performer in the screened "Grand Hotel" does a remarkable piece of work. To us, Garbo is the supreme of magnificence.
It hasn't aged as well as some Oscar-winners, but neither is it as dated as, for example, Cimarron.
The Nashville of its day, Grand Hotel's reputation has outgrown its actual quality
Alfred Rushford Greason,
A commercial picture of high box office potential, first by assembling the most impressive aggregation so far of strictly Bradstreet screen names, and then by filming the play practically unaltered in form.