Hostel Reviews

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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.
November 27, 2006
Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.
August 2, 2006
The first act's filler, otherwise it's a squirmer. Bring a bucket.
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.
March 21, 2006
Beyond its 'How far can I go?' attitude to violence, Hostel has no reason to exist.
January 15, 2006
There's a feeling of not quite hitting the mark here.
January 14, 2006
All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!
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.
January 12, 2006
Is there a point? No. Will you like it? Perhaps, but if you do... you should see someone about that.
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.
January 11, 2006
If last year was the beginning of the end for horror films, Roth shows there is still life - life in death - in the old girl yet.
January 10, 2006
The film is too casually misanthropic and enamored of its expulsive prosthetic virtuosity to be politically relevant, and it's not clear what response -- shame? outrage? titillation? -- Roth is after.
January 9, 2006
The tone is too schizophrenic for the movie to be great, but writer/director Eli Roth is showing serious potential.
January 6, 2006
Occasionally, the film even cuts beneath the skin (thematically), but don't expect enough political subtext to distract genre fans or to convince the uninitiated of its merits
January 6, 2006
Let's hope 2006's first horror film isn't an indication of where the genre is going this year.
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.
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.
January 6, 2006
Hostel is a screaming good time, marred only by a lazy ending.
January 6, 2006
The thing is just a clunky and tasteless and dumb scare picture, isn't it? Clunky, yes. Tasteless, for sure. But not so dumb I fear.
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.
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