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Hostage (2005)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 211,882




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 (for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Doug Richardson
In Theaters:
Jun 21, 2005
Box Office:
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hostage

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (100) | DVD (33)

Visually stylish but highly improbable.

Full Review… | March 17, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Hostage is all the pulp thriller Bruce Willis movies you've seen before.

Full Review… | March 17, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A tired formula.

March 11, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

you've seen this movie before

Full Review… | October 15, 2012
Old School Reviews

Very violent hostage drama.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

Reasonably competent and breathlessly paced.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2006
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

Full Review… | June 20, 2005

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.

Full Review… | June 16, 2005
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2005

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2005

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

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2005
Film Threat

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
New Times

An agonizingly heated crime drama.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2005

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

March 24, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

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

Full Review… | March 24, 2005
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.

Apeneck Fletcher

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.

Megan S

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.

Anthony Lawrie

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.

Jani H

Super Reviewer

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