Hostel Part II Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
Roth's dark humor and lacerating view of human weakness sometimes suggest George Romero; what he lacks is Romero's stubborn belief in personal morality.
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David Fear
Time Out
June 16, 2007
Both nubile females and alpha-male douche bags are on the receiving end of pain (that's supposed to nullify accusations of misogyny, is it?), but really, we're all the victims here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2007
Eli Roth's Hostel: Part II is an authentic real-world creep show -- better, if anything, than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 12, 2007
The movie is almost totally devoid of suspense, which is one of the marks of a true exploitation film. Why waste time with a bunch of false scares and tension, when you can go straight to the pain and suffering?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 9, 2007
There's a keen intelligence behind all that gleeful degradation and it pays off in a finish that's at once ironic, satirical, and perversely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 9, 2007
Hostel: Part II offers more hard-core horror and an even more outspoken message [than the first].
| Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
June 8, 2007
Ends up there is a moral to the story, one sure to delight the bamboozled pseudo-intellectuals who laughably defended Hostel as a geo-political critique of American arrogance and the culture of torture.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 8, 2007
No doubt about it: Roth is a talented guy. But it would be nice to see him use his skills in the service of something other than more sadistic, pandering, pornographic violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
June 8, 2007
Any semblance of suspense quickly gives way to buzz saws, drill bits and sickles. And the movie ends so abruptly, one has to think the filmmakers ran out of either money or prosthetic body parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 8, 2007
It's something of an accomplishment to stage deaths so disgusting, the main reaction is nervous laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 8, 2007
All it has to say is: Here's human purée served fresh and hot, come and get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 8, 2007
Smarter and tougher than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
June 8, 2007
Roth ratchets up the retch factor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 8, 2007
Roth might have chutzpah, but, sadly he doesn't have any interest in actually scaring us. The moviemaking is driven only by contempt; he wants to nauseate us into submission.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
June 8, 2007
Sports glossier production values, but its driving motivation -- to push the boundaries of exploitative nastiness -- remains just as low.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 7, 2007
Hostel II is far too shrewd and savagely witty to be caught engaging in higher seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 7, 2007
Take away the blood and gore, however, and there's nothing left.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7, 2007
The violence we see does not disturb or even excite, but, like porn, it anesthetizes us to our own humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 7, 2007
Eli Roth kicks things up a jagged notch with this bloody satisfying sequel.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
June 7, 2007
The only way to watch is to suspend any literal-minded analysis and appreciate Roth's Grand Guignol sensibilities on their own level.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2007
You live in a free country, you put up with crud like Hostel Part II.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 7, 2007
Roth is good at what he does. Trouble is, he keeps making the same kind of movie over and over, and with his talent and imagination you'd like to see what other weapons he has in his arsenal.