Hostiles Reviews

Page 1 of 2
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 2, 2018
... a strong, if overlong and over-obvious, western...
January 26, 2018
It offers shreds of hope, something we can cling to even now.
January 26, 2018
By turns deliberative and chaotic, brutal and merciful, definitely bleak and just maybe hopeful, Hostiles could have ended with its penultimate scene, but it would have been a very different movie.
January 25, 2018
Clearly influenced by classic Westerns, particularly the films of director John Ford, "Hostiles" is a worthy addition to the genre.
January 19, 2018
As a handsome-looking western, Hostiles does the trick, but when it tries to probe deeper, it just comes up short.
January 18, 2018
This harshly beautiful film is equally about his regeneration during the course of a journey that amounts to a parable of humanity trying to climb out of the pit of endless slaughter and retribution.
January 18, 2018
Bale and Pike find a strange kind of peace within their characters, intuiting how tough it would be to live in a world where death is easier to contemplate than life.
January 18, 2018
It ... engages the conventions of the genre - including ideas about male honor and egotistical frailty - in ways that feel alert and timely.
January 6, 2018
Never noticeably bad, but never noticeably good either.
January 5, 2018
The true standout is the achingly riveting Rosamund Pike. As Rosalie Quaid, Pike becomes a force greater than the script at hand.
January 5, 2018
"Hostiles" leaves a mark, and Bale gives the kind of smoldering performance that he's used to delivering. In a heavy film, he brings the weight.
January 5, 2018
Along with another 2017 film, "Wind River," "Hostiles" is a welcome story that deals with Native American issues, though what would be even more welcome is Native Americans telling their own stories on the big screen.
January 5, 2018
It's vivid and uncompromising at best. And at worst? You might admire it just slightly more than you enjoy it.
January 4, 2018
Cooper intersperses scenes of bloodshed with long scenes where characters have Very Important Things To Say about racism, vengeance and soul-corroding guilt.
January 4, 2018
Bale is as good as he's ever been, especially in the film's final 30 minutes or so.
January 4, 2018
Bursts of intense violence are punctuated with sometimes tedious blocks of speeches and silence, but "Hostiles," despite its posture of brutal amorality, has a goodness at its core, of understanding and empathy.
January 4, 2018
For "Hostiles" to fully make sense of its introductory on-screen D.H. Lawrence quotation ... we'd need a tougher, less comforting ending than the one Cooper provides.
January 4, 2018
Cooper is known for his work with actors - he directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar in "Crazy Heart" and got good work out of Johnny Depp in "Black Mass" - so it's not surprising that the performances are so strong.
January 4, 2018
There's a thin line between depicting and inflicting misery, and "Hostiles" crosses the line with its dull characters, its almost-endless tedium and its nihilistic violence.
Page 1 of 2