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Hostage Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 13, 2005
...we have seen it all before in better more original films. ...the quality of the action seems dated; this would have been perfect in the mid-1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 11, 2005
If it doesn't wholly succeed, at least it fails in an interesting way.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
March 13, 2005
The Bruce Willis vehicle Hostage starts nicely, only to shed IQ points at alarming speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 4, 2005
The makers of Hostage are clearly of the school of thought that believe any scene can be improved with dramatic, swelling music and slow motion action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 9, 2005
I'm the leader of the Convocation of Ridiculously Ugly Dreck (CRUD), and I've made Willis my monkey boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 14, 2005
I thought, this is going to be a first-rate thriller, nobody plays that kind of character better than Bruce Willis, he's great at that. And then it just gets more and more complicated and more and more ridiculous.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 10, 2005
It's a tossup whether the crying jags are inspired by this jumbled script or by the fact that Willis has made six dreadful movies in a row.
| Original Score: 0/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 5, 2005
A Heaven Can Wait DVD figures prominently in Hostage, but there's more hellfire than wit or romance in Florent Siri's thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
March 10, 2005
The last 30 minutes is a terribly busy bore, and does an excellent job of creating a bad taste to a film that isn't a complete washout and a decent genre exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kit Bowen
March 11, 2005
It starts as a tensely twist-filled action thriller, but through some serious missteps in logic and clichéd moments, it ends in a bloody mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 11, 2005
This is, in the final analysis, just another Bruce Willis Movie, albeit one that makes us think a bit more than usual and maybe hope a little harder that all those bullets and explosions will be put to good use.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 16, 2005
Hostage rumbles on as aimlessly as an incoherent ransom note written with a streaking crayon...banally boisterous and over-the-top
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Ward
March 11, 2005
The grisly death scenes make sense considering Director Florent Emilio Siri's used to direct video games...Yes, video games have directors today. And antacids have calcium.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 10, 2005
The 7-year-old is far and away the smartest character, which is one sign Hostage is an implosion waiting to happen.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
March 11, 2005
It brings little new to the table, even by generic 'reluctant warrior' thriller standards.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rob Blackwelder
March 9, 2005
Siri has a good grip on the tingly tension, but he lets logical and logistical details slip through his fingers on his way toward a climax that goes into cliché overdrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 10, 2005
Not that there's anything wrong with trying to inject some solemnity and sophistication into an action movie, but god help you if you don't do it right...
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 10, 2005
There's a gripping thriller between the gaps in logic. Director Florent Siri has a tough style and an unforgiving attitude, but it drowns in the queasy blood lust.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Childress
March 10, 2005
The insanity bound for you in the final reel is a smorgasbord of brimstone and the ugliness of the most tasteless slasher films.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 11, 2005
Willis travels a well trodden road...screenwriter Doug Richardson...manufactures one obstacle after another for our hero
Full Review | Original Score: C
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