Hostages: Season 1 Reviews

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October 8, 2013
Suspense-filled from the get-go, Hostages revolves around a family full of secrets.
September 25, 2013
There are, of course, subplots - Sanders' husband (Tate Donovan) and teenaged kids are each shielding their own secrets, uncovered by Carlisle and his crew - and covered up by them as well. Unfortunately, they're fairly pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2013
If the writing can bring invention to the thriller parts and smarts to the domestic parts, and invention, Hostages could have an indefinite hold on our imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 24, 2013
Unless this show is intended as a one-and-done season-long miniseries, I can't imagine how it could possibly hold our attention.
September 24, 2013
Nothing stands out. It's a level playing field of minimum competence.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2013
The saddest thing about Hostages is that Toni Collette is so quietly strong in it, a character I would be excited about in nearly any other circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 23, 2013
Lean and mean, Hostages is an exquisitely heart-pounding piece of work.
September 23, 2013
By pilot's end, the tension level is more Parenthood than Homeland.
September 23, 2013
The movie-like concept behind Hostages is intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2013
Hostages treats its premise like a club and beats the audience over the head with it.
September 23, 2013
The show has a good cast in an exciting pilot that unpacks surprises and adds plot layers in satisfying fashion.
September 23, 2013
Hostages hardly breaks new ground as a psychodrama with violence hovering in the air. But it could open new options for the television procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2013
Once [the] mysteries are solved, and the crisis is over, any prolongation turns into soap opera. And not the fun, campy kind on Scandal or Revenge.
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September 23, 2013
Smart, intriguing thriller, but the opener is slightly overheated.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 20, 2013
If the writers go for the twist that seems absolutely essential for survival, then Hostages goes in a completely different direction that might be quite intriguing.
September 20, 2013
[It] has a polished feel to it, and the limited-series approach certainly makes the prospect of committing to the show more palatable.
September 19, 2013
[The] pilot episode ends with a cliffhanger worthy of the name-a kind that should bring audiences back lusting for more.
September 19, 2013
Despite all its unanswered questions, Hostages is appreciably easier to grasp than NBC's competing new The Black List.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 13, 2013
Hostages is based on an Israeli series and it exudes the kind of taut confidence that CBS likes in its dramas. It's handsomely made and yet patently ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 6, 2013
If you get past the large leap and buy into the premise, Hostages promises surprising switchbacks and character development ranking among the best of the season.
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