Hostel - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hostel Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
This is a grim, gory, and unapologetically grungy piece of "survival horror." I dug it.
David Keyes
October 25, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
A series of interesting ideas floating around a sea of blood
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lucius Gore
July 3, 2008
Roth is able to change the focus from frolicking raunchiness to extreme chilliness in a way that's quite sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/4
Rob Gonsalves
August 3, 2007
A stern moralistic rebuke to ugly-Americanism. The movie is in-your-face but not pointlessly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
You are unlikely to find another contemporary American horror movie with as much intensity and style as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 6, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 29, 2006
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.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006 one is going to mistake "Hostel" for a travelogue, unless they are looking for a journey full of terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK
October 7, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 26, 2006
A thoroughly intriguing twist on the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 2, 2006
The first act's filler, otherwise it's a squirmer. Bring a bucket.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
In the last act, it goes off the tracks a bit by becoming a silly revenge thriller, but otherwise it's quite decent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 6, 2006
Quienes busquen lo más parecido a una pesadilla a cambio del precio de una entrada, saldrán bastante satisfechos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
March 27, 2006
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
March 23, 2006
Eli Roth has clearly seen way too many video nasties than can strictly be considered healthy - the first half of the film is wall-to-wall gratuitous sex and violence, and not always in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 18, 2006
Despite its ruthless drive-in shocks, Hostel actually makes an intriguing point about the nature of pleasure for its own sake and the constant desire to increase sensory intake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
February 26, 2006
4 star accommodation complete with complimentary continental chills. A tasty, well-blended cocktail of horror that blood buffs won't need a straw to sip down
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 18, 2006
Don't book into this Hostel unless you're a horror fan. Or if you do, don't complain ...the premise is as twisted and terrifying as the acts themselves.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 1, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
February 24, 2006

Baltimore Sun
January 7, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 7, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
January 7, 2006
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