Critical Consensus: "Hostel" Worth A Stay, "Casanova" Getting No Love

This week at the movies, we've got a bunch of madmen ("Hostel"), a notorious lover ("Casanova"), a dhampir ("BloodRayne"), and a dude who lives with his grandma ("Grandma's Boy"). Which of these movies will score with critics?

It's a story that's been told a thousand times: a group of young people stray off the beaten path, only to fall into the clutches of bloodthirsty crazies who inflicts torture upon them with sadistic glee. Heck, it was told a couple weeks ago ("Wolf Creek"). So what? Sometimes it's how you tell it, and the critics say "Hostel" is told very well. Yes, scribes say, Eli Roth's film is grisly, but it's also terrifyingly exciting and makes for some incisive social commentary. At 88 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Hostel" may be worth a stay, if you like this sort of thing.

Giacomo Casanova was the world's greatest lover, a man of endless appetites who led an impossibly colorful life (which was probably embellished in his autobiography, but is a classic nonetheless). So you couldn't go wrong with a movie about the notable rake, right? Right? Well, the critics say this period comedy romp, starring Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller, isn't quite as romping as it should be, and despite noteworthy visuals, the film is frothy without being particularly ribald. Worse, the man whose name is synonymous with cad-dom chooses monogamy! At 41 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Casanova" is getting no love.

The people behind both "BloodRayne" and "Grandma's Boy" must have made a new year's resolution to not screen their films for critics. Here at Rotten Tomatoes, we feel it's admirable to stick to your guns, when so many of us end up breaking our resolutions almost immediately. Unfortunately, the strategy sends a message to the world that perhaps these movies aren't very good.

Recent Heath Ledger Movies
88% -- Brokeback Mountain (2005)
67% -- Two Hands (2005)
39% -- The Brothers Grimm (2005)
53% -- Lords of Dogtown (2005)
54% -- Ned Kelly (2004)



mynameis mynameis

No screenings bloodrayne that's a shocker. As for grandma's boy well i guess it is not very good.

Jan 6 - 10:24 AM


Ken Schrock

I'm sure Grandma's Boy is probably not very good but I'm still going to go see it, what I'm really excited about though is that Munich is expanding, which I'm going to go see tonight.

Jan 6 - 01:25 PM


Nancy Elizabeth

I just saw Casanova. Perhaps it's because I have a weakness for a. period pieces, b. sword fights, and c. Heath Ledger, but I loved the film. It's not for everyone, but I found it highly enjoyable.

Jan 6 - 07:41 PM


First Last

Hostel was pretty good. The second half made up for the first half, which was like watching a Cinemax porn. Boobs really do wear off after awhile. I know it was all set up and character build up, but when the main characters are not sympathetic, you do not need so much character build up. But like I said, the second half more than made up for it.
I liked Wolf Creek better though! Go see that as well! That had character build up towards characters you actually care for, haha.

Jan 8 - 06:28 PM

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