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Hostel (2006)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 41

Featuring lots of guts and gore, Hostel is a wildly entertaining corpse-filled journey -- assuming one is entertained by corpses, guts, and gore, that is.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 12

Featuring lots of guts and gore, Hostel is a wildly entertaining corpse-filled journey -- assuming one is entertained by corpses, guts, and gore, that is.



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Two adventurous American college buddies, Paxton and Josh, backpack through Europe eager to make quintessentially hazy travel memories with new friend Oli, an Icelander they've met along the way. Paxton and Josh are eventually lured by a fellow traveler to what's described as a nirvana for American backpackers -- a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with



Apr 18, 2006


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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (41) | DVD (28)

Whether or not this kind of horror movie is your cup of tea, you have to at least admire Roth for the daring and creativity with which he illustrates that concept.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Associated Press | Comment (1)
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Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Sadly, as with [director Eli] Roth's promising but flawed debut feature, its central conceit is more compelling than what ended up on screen.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!

January 14, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Although I spent much of the second half staring into my lap while listening to a cacophony of screams and shop tools, I processed enough of the first to appreciate Roth's sinister evocation of a Slovakian provincial town.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The film is too casually misanthropic and enamored of its expulsive prosthetic virtuosity to be politically relevant, and it's not clear what response -- shame? outrage? titillation? -- Roth is after.

January 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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Whereas most modern slasher films cut straight to the flesh-ripping for no purpose of art or psychological stimulation, Hostel marries them with skillful execution and, somehow, a relevant subtext.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source:

A series of interesting ideas floating around a sea of blood

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Roth is able to change the focus from frolicking raunchiness to extreme chilliness in a way that's quite sobering.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

A stern moralistic rebuke to ugly-Americanism. The movie is in-your-face but not pointlessly so.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source:

This is routine Roth as usual. Homophobia, attempted nihilism, vapid writing, paper thin plot, and nonsensical all the way...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (3)
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Roth proves unable to control the tone of his premise, in the end pandering too much to the male adolescent audience that he at first seems to be satirising.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

You are unlikely to find another contemporary American horror movie with as much intensity and style as this one.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The skill with which Eli Roth has constructed his film, especially its first 40 minutes, leads me to give it the benefit of the doubt. It's creepy, gripping, horrifying stuff.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

While there are some cheap thrills to be had here, much of the movie is profoundly boring.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International one is going to mistake "Hostel" for a travelogue, unless they are looking for a journey full of terror.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A thoroughly intriguing twist on the horror genre.

September 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The first act's filler, otherwise it's a squirmer. Bring a bucket.

August 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

In the last act, it goes off the tracks a bit by becoming a silly revenge thriller, but otherwise it's quite decent.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Ao apelar para nossos impulsos mais baixos (ainda que inegavelmente naturais), adota uma postura niilista repulsiva.

April 13, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Quienes busquen lo más parecido a una pesadilla a cambio del precio de una entrada, saldrán bastante satisfechos.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Hostel is depraved, sick and disgusting - which means teenagers should love it.

March 29, 2006 | Comments (3)
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Eli Roth may not be re-defining the horror genre, but he has certainly infused it with a welcome dose of old-school sensibilities and new-school flair

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Hostel

It starts out as a stupid dope and sex comedy for a while before things get uncomfortable and ultimately unbearably cruel. And for the longest time it's easy to keep your distance to the film, shake your head at the mediocre acting and unrealistic character decisions. In the last 30 minutes the film goes so batshit crazy, incredibly cruel and basically out of its way to give each character what they deserve that it's actually kinda fun. At least if you don't mind watching someone's eye hanging out of the socket getting cut off with a pair of scissors. Insane.
June 30, 2014

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After giving the first Hostel a second viewing, I found myself liking it more than the first time. The first time I saw this film, I absolutely despised it. I didn't like it whatsoever. I don't know what I liked from the second viewing, but I guess that it what it was supposed to. The gore is unrelenting, this film is violent and disgusting, and it's a true thrill ride and brings Horror porn to a whole new level. Eli Roth is a fairly decent director; I also enjoyed his first film, Cabin Fever. Hostel is definitely not for the faint of heart, there are some strong graphic scenes of violence that even the strong stomachs won't be able to tolerate. A decent enough film, only the second time around Hostel was a good film but I personally prefer the Saw series. Hostel has definitely unnerving sequences that aren't for the squeamish. The film is very much a different type of film than the Saw series, but it still has the vibe. Hostel is yet another gore riddled torture porn horror flick that will most likely appeal to fans of horror that enjoy good gore. This is the only film in the trilogy that I enjoyed, and that I really recommend. This is worth watching if you want something a bit different, and very disturbing. This definitely one of few original ideas for a horror films that works. The film has its flaws, but Eli Roth delivers a good flick that definitely is worth your time. This is a work of a director who took a risk, and it has definitely paid off.
November 23, 2012
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Horror director Eli Roth has always had a terrific visual style and understands the elements of making good horror movies but i've always had mixed feelings about him because he never manages to completely pull it off. Firstly I think he's talented because he has a terrific directorial style and evidently he's a completely dedicated film maker. Although I didn't like the film much he demonstrated he had talent with Cabin Fever but the film wasn't quite up to scratch, Hostel suffers from similar problems. The first 50 minutes offers nothing more than tongue in cheek humour and sex which at times work but also feels somewhat like a filler for what has yet to come. When it does come it's fantastic, the last 40 minutes of Hostel is rightfully disturbing and gut churningly sick with plenty of blood, gore and corpses. It doesn't come across as dumb like most films of the genre, in ways this corrects what was wrong with Cabin Fever but Hostel unfortunately lacks what was good about Cabin Fever. It had substance and characters you cared about. It's not scary in the slightest and at best the film works as a throw away gorefest but it's nothing more than that. But since I still believe Roth may do better with the first sequel i'm up for seeing Hostel's Part 2 and 3 because maybe they turned out to be an improvement. Doubting that they will have any more substance than this, maybe they'll at least get to the gore quicker with a setup that doesn't take half the film's running time.
July 26, 2012
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Now this is a horror movie that you can sink your teeth into. Assuming of course you have an appetite for this level of depravity. "Hostel" has a perfectly acceptable build and a very original plot for a horror movie. When it hits it's stride, it goes straight for the jugular with relentless brutality. We're not talking about hokey little gore scenes either, this is filled with believable torture and violence. It is not for the weak of heart. Along with "Cabin Fever", which I also enjoy, Eli Roth has proven he can more than hold his own in the horror genre. Watch this, it's cool.
October 26, 2011
Jason Calvin

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    1. Josh: You. Why?
    2. The Dutch Businessman: I always wanted you to be a surgeon but boards wouldn't pass me. Can you guess why?
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (12 months ago)
    1. Josh: Look at those factories.
    2. The Scarred Cab Driver: What? There? There we make plastic for Slovakya.
    3. Paxton: Is that so?
    – Submitted by Javis C (22 months ago)
    1. Natalya: I get a lot of money for you. And that make you my bitch.
    – Submitted by Tyler H (2 years ago)
    1. Natalya: You are so serious. MR. SERIOUS AMERICAN.
    – Submitted by Javis C (3 years ago)
    1. The Scarred Cab Driver: There we make plastic for Slovakia.
    2. Paxton: Don't fuck us.
    – Submitted by Javis C (3 years ago)
    1. Oli: I am the king of the swing!
    – Submitted by Javis C (3 years ago)
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