Hostel - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hostel Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
This is a grim, gory, and unapologetically grungy piece of "survival horror." I dug it.
David Keyes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
A series of interesting ideas floating around a sea of blood
Lucius Gore
July 3, 2008
Roth is able to change the focus from frolicking raunchiness to extreme chilliness in a way that's quite sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/4
Rob Gonsalves
August 3, 2007
A stern moralistic rebuke to ugly-Americanism. The movie is in-your-face but not pointlessly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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...
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.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
You are unlikely to find another contemporary American horror movie with as much intensity and style as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 76/100
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
While there are some cheap thrills to be had here, much of the movie is profoundly boring.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006 one is going to mistake "Hostel" for a travelogue, unless they are looking for a journey full of terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 27, 2006
Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.
| Original Score: C
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 26, 2006
A thoroughly intriguing twist on the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 2, 2006
The first act's filler, otherwise it's a squirmer. Bring a bucket.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
In the last act, it goes off the tracks a bit by becoming a silly revenge thriller, but otherwise it's quite decent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
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
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 6, 2006
Quienes busquen lo más parecido a una pesadilla a cambio del precio de una entrada, saldrán bastante satisfechos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
March 29, 2006
Hostel is depraved, sick and disgusting - which means teenagers should love it.
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