Hostel Part II Reviews

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May 13, 2009
July 23, 2008
Filmmaker Eli Roth tries to enliven the formula, but this sequel loses the grim surprise of the original without adding much new in terms of plotting or gory set pieces.
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.
July 11, 2007
Sadly, the director's proven creative finesse has given way to boring self-imitation. Hostel: Part II gives us the same premise as the first film, changing genders and little else.
July 7, 2007
Oh, do grow up.
June 29, 2007
It is pretty boring. But then the gore is even worse to watch.
June 29, 2007
Hostel: Part II does succumb to mere ghoulishness in the last-reel bloodbath, but up to that point its moral tension feels horribly persuasive.
June 29, 2007
Hostel 2 is feebleness itself, poorly constructed and deeply unterrifying, a let-down after the giddy shockfest of the first film last year.
June 29, 2007
Everything, save the bloody third act, is handled in a rudimentary fashion.
June 29, 2007
It pains me to admit that Hostel: Part II is a slicker package than the craven original. That doesn't excuse the fact that it's torture pornography for morons.
June 29, 2007
Roth's slick shock-'em-up sequel is a dispiritingly traditional splat of gristly Grand Guignol. It's tooled up to outrage, but ultimately numbs rather than grips.
June 27, 2007
like the film's pair of conflicted snuff customers, you're only getting what you paid your money for.
June 26, 2007
All the realism of an abbatoir.
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.
June 13, 2007
Eli Roth's Hostel: Part II is an authentic real-world creep show -- better, if anything, than its predecessor.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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