December 29, 2020
There's a darkly comedic edge to Hostel that works in the film's favor, but it's not quite as clever as it seems to think it is.
September 11, 2020
Of the two, Hernandez offers the stronger of the performances as we watch him transformed and nearly destroyed by his captors.
August 28, 2015
This is a grim, gory, and unapologetically grungy piece of "survival horror." I dug it.
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.
August 30, 2009
A series of interesting ideas floating around a sea of blood
July 3, 2008
Roth is able to change the focus from frolicking raunchiness to extreme chilliness in a way that's quite sobering.
August 3, 2007
A stern moralistic rebuke to ugly-Americanism. The movie is in-your-face but not pointlessly so.
July 10, 2007
This is routine Roth as usual. Homophobia, attempted nihilism, vapid writing, paper thin plot, and nonsensical all the way...
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.
June 21, 2007
You are unlikely to find another contemporary American horror movie with as much intensity and style as this one.
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.
March 1, 2007
While there are some cheap thrills to be had here, much of the movie is profoundly boring.
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.
December 13, 2006
...no one is going to mistake "Hostel" for a travelogue, unless they are looking for a journey full of terror.
August 2, 2006
The first act's filler, otherwise it's a squirmer. Bring a bucket.