Hostel Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 6, 2006
Let's hope 2006's first horror film isn't an indication of where the genre is going this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 6, 2006
[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 | Original Score: 1/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 9, 2007
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 11, 2006
Wants to be preeminent shock cinema, but doesn't have the [courage] to fully follow through on its promise of unbridled carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 10, 2007
This is routine Roth as usual. Homophobia, attempted nihilism, vapid writing, paper thin plot, and nonsensical all the way...
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Sadly, as with [director Eli] Roth's promising but flawed debut feature, its central conceit is more compelling than what ended up on screen.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 6, 2006
[S]adistic... and ridiculously happy-ending-ish...
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 7, 2006
...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 | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 19, 2006
Viewers check in... and just as quickly check out!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 13, 2006
Ao apelar para nossos impulsos mais baixos (ainda que inegavelmente naturais), adota uma postura niilista repulsiva.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 6, 2006
Even after an outré punch line is revealed, the film is neither shocking nor adequately terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 13, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 14, 2006
All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 10, 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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
January 5, 2006
The calculated outrages of Eli Roth's brutal exploitation film prove less shocking that its relentless bigotry.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tony Wong
Toronto Star
January 6, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
January 6, 2006
The PR hype machine loves Eli Roth, and I'm sure he loves it right back.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
March 29, 2006
Hostel is depraved, sick and disgusting - which means teenagers should love it.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
January 18, 2006
This is a vile exploitation film, and a shoddily-made one, that's half softcore porn and half horror porn.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 6, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
January 7, 2006
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 1, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 27, 2007

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 7, 2006

Baltimore Sun
January 7, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
February 24, 2006
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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