Hostiles Reviews

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December 5, 2020
It's brooding and brutal and spontaneously violent, stepping very far away from the action of standard Westerns.
November 10, 2020
If you like honest westerns with pathos and a very good Christian Bale, go check it out.
September 11, 2020
Hostiles isn't a film for the casual moviegoer.
August 29, 2020
Overall, there's enough gorgeous images, symbolic direction, poignant themes and powerful performances to recommend "Hostiles;" I just won't fault you if you're hostile to the violence.
June 3, 2020
A bleak but moving excursion along the closing Western frontier.
May 27, 2020
It's a jarring, sometimes brutally violent exercise in storytelling, but it's also a tremendous personal journey -- a "Heart of Darkness"-style epic that makes no promises about who, if anyone, makes it all the way home.
April 12, 2020
The film has strong, nuanced performances, beautiful images, and a perfectly match score.
August 22, 2019
Hostiles is unyielding and brutal, and is a fine addition to the masterclass of modern westerns. [February 1, 2018]
August 20, 2019
A film with a distinctly Christian grasp of universal culpability and reconciling grace.
July 22, 2019
At the least, it's a plea for history not to repeat itself - with plenty of gut-check thrills and perilous storytelling to heighten the mood.
June 3, 2019
Cooper riffs on John Ford's The Searchers in a minor key, filling Hostiles with sweeping vistas that recall the grand Monument Valley locations that graced so many classic westerns.
April 16, 2019
If Phantom Thread was truly Daniel Day-Lewis' last movie, the title of Greatest Living Actor is now vacant; look to Christian Bale at the front of the queue of possible replacements.
January 24, 2019
This avoidance of anything resembling monotonic character development in Hostiles will either prove energizing or exhausting, depending on an audience's taste.
December 21, 2018
A handsome-looking, brutal and barbaric film with lofty ambitions that's worth seeing if only for these reasons (and Christian Bale's performance).
December 7, 2018
The film's mood is overwhelmingly bitter, despairing, and exhausted, reflecting the characters' preoccupation with the world's capricious cruelty and their own incalculable contributions to it.
November 19, 2018
Morally provocative and thoughtful, this Western offers a few standout performances (including a great supporting turn by Rosamund Pike).
November 6, 2018
Director Scott Cooper's fourth feature film makes major strides towards deep meaning, but occasionally falters while on the journey for truth.
October 31, 2018
So much of Hostiles works, and sticks with us long after we've left the theater, because of how quiet and subtle it all is.
October 26, 2018
Cooper lets his cast elevate the story against the beautiful backdrop of Masanobu Takayanagi's stunning cinematography. The result is a film that is beautiful and introspective, but also unflinching in its brutality.
October 10, 2018
So is the struggle of seeing a Scott Cooper film. The director exhibits so much raw potential in his filmmaking, walking up to the line of greatness without being able to take that final step.
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