‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ reviews: An Emmy for Lady Gaga?

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The fifth installment of "American Horror Story," subtitled "Hotel," begins Wednesday night (Oct. 7) on FX. This is both the first season of the anthology series featuring singer Lady Gaga and the first without Jessica Lange, who won Emmys for the first and third seasons. 

Lange's fourth and final season, "Freak Show," won five Emmys, all in Creative Arts categories. All told, "AHS" has won 13 Emmys from 71 nominations. Will it add to that tally next year? And will Lady Gaga be among them? 

Let's take a look at what the critics are saying. 

'AHS: Hotel' cast and character images of Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson … (Photo Gallery)

Verne Gay, Newsday: "Let's talk about one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – you know her as Gaga – because that's all anyone coming to the fifth season of 'AHS' will want to talk about anyway. As the Countess Elizabeth, she's a voluptuary and old soul … She's a bright white light that punctures the gloom, much as that exotic hand accessory of hers punctures throats. Gaga fits perfectly into Ryan Murphy's tableau of horror-meets-sex-meets-death."

David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle: "The cast is mostly terrific, of course, including Mare Winningham as an unhinged hotel maid. The exception, unfortunately, is Lady Gaga. Don’t get me wrong: She makes an enormous visual impact, but the minute she opens her mouth to deliver a line, it’s obvious that acting just isn’t one of her many talents."

Dan FienbergHollywood Reporter: "Early on, 'Hotel' hasn't hooked me with its storytelling, but it's always fun to see what the series does with its repertory acting company and with new additions. Throw in the normal grotesquerie and visual panache and that should keep me going for a while, even if all of the humor appears to have been funneled into 'Scream Queens.'"

Brian Lowry, Variety: "There’s almost an indifference to story – after the premiere, it’s hard to see a huge motivation to watch in order to unlock the show’s lingering mysteries."

Photo: Lady Gaga in "American Horror Story: Hotel." Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FX

14 thoughts on “‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ reviews: An Emmy for Lady Gaga?

  1. Reviews are out and the show, as predicted, is crap. Gaga is no actress-shes mostly a prop so far with little dialogue. Murphy has run out of creative ideas…too bad…

  2. First of all the coment that said her acting cant be any worse than jessica lange in freakshow are you kidding when you said that because jessica lange was brilliant in that season she great in every season shes a great actress

  3. An Emmy for Gaga? God no. I agree with David Weigand. Gaga LOOKED good when she wasn’t speaking, but as soon as she had to talk.. ugh. It was very distracting. Let’s hope they give her as few lines as possible.

  4. everything gaga gets is bought so if she wants an emmy….. her cd titled for her rip off of Madonna’s Express Yourself was basically given away for $0.99 cents and right after the ‘rules’ were changed so nobody else could every do the same. She is being named ‘Woman of The Year’ by Billboard – during a year when she has had absolutely ZERO success in music. The industry still seems to want to try and force her down our throats. I personally would not be surprised if an emmy is bought for her – although her attempt at acting this season on AHS is PAINFUL to watch.

  5. She doesn’t actually act. She must have like 10 lines per episode. She just ‘looks’ rather than acting the role. Maybe because she is new to acting in a way, maybe because they realised that the only way forward was to dress her up, make her look the role, but get her not to act.
    More like a prop than a member of the cast.

  6. I love gaga and I hope they show more of her and give her more lines and if they take her off the show is won’t be watching it anymore so keep her

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