Hostiles Reviews

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August 27, 2018
The wants are grandiose, but the gains are minuscule.
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 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 26, 2018
Cooper is something of a master of macho poetry-he makes films about taciturn, often violent men who can't fully express the depths of their feelings.
January 25, 2018
"Hostiles" is more in conversation with movies about the settlement of the West than it is about or in conversation with the brutal history of the West itself.
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 11, 2018
[Scott] Cooper's version feels timeless yet contemporary, diving headlong into the ongoing and often horrific impact of the United States' policies and attitudes to indigenous culture.
January 7, 2018
There's a gritty integrity and plaintive poetry to this end-of-an-era western from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper.
January 6, 2018
Never noticeably bad, but never noticeably good either.
January 5, 2018
The ultimate impression is of a rough society hacked from unwilling ground by violence in search of capital. Yet there is some hope in a lovely, extended final shot. A good way to finish off the cinematic year.
January 5, 2018
Its myriad of layers and moral ambiguities aren't sitting right there at the surface waiting to be explored.
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.
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