October 8, 2020
Hostiles isn't without its well-written dialogue or its engaging setpieces, but for the most part it is a slow, bleak exercise that isn't quite nearly so clever as it thinks it is.
August 13, 2020
Respectfully, though, no amount of visual aplomb would be able to save this misguided and entirely tone-deaf pat-on-the-back.
August 7, 2020
The [central] analogy is...deeply false and disoriented...
July 18, 2020
It is dour and unrelenting, with no moments of levity from all the seriousness.
July 1, 2020
"Hostiles" has all the pieces in place, but in the end, more than anything, it leaves the audience wondering why they should care about this latest grim western tale with all the grim western trappings.
February 19, 2019
It's simply a mediocre film, stuffed with filler dialogue and a surfeit of slow-motion closeups substituting for any real character development.
January 31, 2019
A journey into the West that, feeling as tiresome as it is shallow, could never be considered inviting.
November 19, 2018
Increases the boredom factor the more it chooses to brood instead of engage with the plights of its characters.
November 1, 2018
Exhausting racism aside, Hostiles is just plain boring.
October 26, 2018
It feels like an overextended, inwardly focused self-flagellation that doesn't take Native perspectives into true consideration.
August 28, 2018
[Mistakes] a relentlessly grim tone for saying anything of substance.
August 20, 2018
Often a formidable exercise in Western angst, Hostiles also dwells in the misery of a one-man reckoning, spending way too much time burying bodies without really getting at the heart of why they were killed in the first place.
August 14, 2018
...isn't it time we see stories like this from a different perspective other than the white man?
May 21, 2018
Christian Bale gives a typically half-measured, half-intense performance of a character who is mostly pretty awful but whom Hostiles wants to redeem for no clear reason whatsoever.
March 3, 2018
The journey is beautifully shot by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi, but Bale's genius is wasted-he's often resigned to looking sullen and straining to recite the clunky dialogue.
February 5, 2018
But I'd hate for you to think that the film does anything radical, like present Yellow Hawk and his family as complicated human beings. The Native Americans here are strictly one-dimensional, which is all Blocker's redemption requires.
January 31, 2018
Works as a contrived but effective parable of the American West, its painful legacy, and small measures of redemption...But our focus frustratingly remains on the white people and Blocker's struggle to reach empathy...