• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Eli Roth
    In Theaters:
    Jan 6, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 18, 2006
  • Lions Gate Films
  • Hostel
    1 minutes 17 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Hostel Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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Let's hope 2006's first horror film isn't an indication of where the genre is going this year.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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[The film] willfully takes us someplace cruel -- and deeply unfunny. Just because that's Roth's intention doesn't mean his movie is any good.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1/4

January 6, 2006
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 9, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Wants to be preeminent shock cinema, but doesn't have the [courage] to fully follow through on its promise of unbridled carnage.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

January 11, 2006
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

July 10, 2007
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[S]adistic... and ridiculously happy-ending-ish...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 6, 2006
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...nothing but a reined in gorefest for aficionados of torture,, and even they won't be happy until the director's cut DVD is issued.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

January 7, 2006
David N. Butterworth

Viewers check in... and just as quickly check out!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 19, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

| Original Score: 2/5

April 13, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Even after an outré punch line is revealed, the film is neither shocking nor adequately terrifying.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2006
Jan Stuart
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 14, 2006

If you're looking for blood and gore, you've come to the right place, although it takes a while to get there. The substitute is lots of nudity. The violence is graphic, grisly, and designed for shock value.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 10, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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The calculated outrages of Eli Roth's brutal exploitation film prove less shocking that its relentless bigotry.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2006
Tony Wong
Toronto Star
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Roth doesn't know when to leave well enough alone. Piling the gore on without benefit of artful tension, the film ends up approaching parody.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2006
Bill Clark

The PR hype machine loves Eli Roth, and I'm sure he loves it right back.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: C

January 6, 2006
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

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

March 29, 2006
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

This is a vile exploitation film, and a shoddily-made one, that's half softcore porn and half horror porn.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: F

January 18, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's a clip reel of sicko tableaus. The torture scenes are inventively disgusting, but the narrative linking one murder to the next is sketchy.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
January 7, 2006
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 1, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 7, 2006

Baltimore Sun
January 7, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
February 24, 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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