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Hostage (2005)

tomatometer

35

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 100

Grisly and cliched, audiences may feel they're being held Hostage.

18

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 32

Grisly and cliched, audiences may feel they're being held Hostage.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 211,664

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Movie Info

A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

R,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jun 21, 2005

$34.6M

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All Critics (164) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (100) | DVD (33)

Visually stylish but highly improbable.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
New York Observer
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Hostage is all the pulp thriller Bruce Willis movies you've seen before.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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I thought, this is going to be a first-rate thriller, nobody plays that kind of character better than Bruce Willis, he's great at that. And then it just gets more and more complicated and more and more ridiculous.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A tired formula.

March 11, 2005
Rolling Stone
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Speaking of torture, if you dig it, by all means lock yourself up for two hours with Hostage, which begins by administering electric shocks to your viscera and keeps upping the voltage.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Slate
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For action movie fans who require just a touch of depth and mystery between gunshots, Hostage could make for a satisfying night at the movies.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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you've seen this movie before

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Very violent hostage drama.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is one movie that would be incomplete without a soda, some popcorn, and a box of chocolate covered something.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Reasonably competent and breathlessly paced.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Mostly a nerve jangling thriller, but you know there's something not quite right about a movie when you're wondering more about why such a plush mansion on fire doesn't have a better sprinkler system.

March 23, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

It revels in a sort of operatic vulgarity. And once the story exhausts its over-the-top cheesiness, there are still a few loose ends to tie up, and so the film drags on.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

It's about as meaningful as a pile of clichés.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Estamos ante una historia interesante, en la que los personajes dejan de ser las caricaturas habituales de siempre para convertirse en seres humanos reales.

November 27, 2005

chaotic and clichéd

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Willis manages to be the best thing in the picture, and largely because of him I was willing to overlook the plot's ridiculous loopholes and exaggerations.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

O tipo de filme que deveria ter sido estrelado por Steven Seagal ou Dolph Lundgren e lançado diretamente em vídeo e DVD.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Much like Jeff Talley himself, Hostage badly needed a shave.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Movies can be smart movies, masquerading as stupid ones - this may be the smartest stupid movie you see all year. Either way, it's just what you're looking for.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

If you enjoyed the die-hard films of earlier years, this should be a big winner for you.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

While not high art by any stretch of the imagination Siri, Willis and company create a better movie than the premise deserves and create an entertaining B-movie.

April 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...harrowing and brutal, and, as a result, extremely tense.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

An agonizingly heated crime drama.

April 8, 2005 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

It's easy to mistake Hostage for a plausible adult thriller that loses its way after the first act. But if you pay attention, it's ridiculous from the get-go.

March 30, 2005 Full Review

It's continually exciting, but also exhausting...and filled with moral ugliness.

March 24, 2005

The premise is overstuffed with unlikely plot twists and absurdities, but it works as an effective thriller despite the flaws ...

March 24, 2005 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Hostage

Willis plays a worn out big city cop (his career cliche) negotiator who scales back his life and tries to go country to relax ... guess what happens? Ben Foster actually plays the psycho killer cliche with praiseworthy empathy in this rote action/thriller exercise with no surprises.
May 30, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Run of the mill Bruce Willis action flick and I love me some Bruce Willis so it was definitely a good time. I did feel like this was an older movie, not sure if that's a good thing or not.
October 2, 2009
purplemegan

Super Reviewer

Not as bad as I thought it would be but it suffers from having annoying kids in it and a very overused storyline.
September 21, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

"I'm your brother! So you gotta choose. Me, or Mars?
- I choose the money."

"Hostage" was Bruce Willis' rise back to the A-class of action movie stars. Directed by Florent Siri, this movie was one of the better action movies of 2005.

The cast in "Hostage" features a lot of talented young actors. Ben Foster and Jonathan Tucker have done, during the last few years, some good work, so I expect good performances from them in the future.

"Hostage" is a good acted, exciting film with some explicit violent scenes. The actions of the kids are brutal and unplanned. Bruce Willis' small town cop, formerly employed as a negotiator, has to save the hostages also because his familys lifes are at stake...

Good to see Willis do that what he's best at. "Hostage" is one of Willis' most notable performances. A pure adrenaline rush with some twists that will keep you on the edge.
December 31, 2008
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