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Two adventurous American college buddies, Paxton and Josh, backpack through Europe eager to make quintessentially hazy travel memories with new friend Oli, an Icelander they've met along the way. Paxton and Josh are eventually lured by a fellow traveler to what's described as a nirvana for American backpackers -- a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with exotic beauties Natalya and Svetlana. In fact, too easily. Initially distracted by the good time… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether or not this kind of horror movie is your cup of tea, you have to at least admire Roth for the daring and creativity with which he illustrates that concept."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!"
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Whereas most modern slasher films cut straight to the flesh-ripping for no purpose of art or psychological stimulation, Hostel marries them with skillful execution and, somehow, a relevant subtext."
‑ David Keyes,
"A stern moralistic rebuke to ugly-Americanism. The movie is in-your-face but not pointlessly so."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"You are unlikely to find another contemporary American horror movie with as much intensity and style as this one."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Although I spent much of the second half staring into my lap while listening to a cacophony of screams and shop tools, I processed enough of the first to appreciate Roth's sinister evocation of a Slovakian provincial town."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"A series of interesting ideas floating around a sea of blood"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This is routine Roth as usual. Homophobia, attempted nihilism, vapid writing, paper thin plot, and nonsensical all the way..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The skill with which Eli Roth has constructed his film, especially its first 40 minutes, leads me to give it the benefit of the doubt. It's creepy, gripping, horrifying stuff."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Sadly, as with [director Eli] Roth's promising but flawed debut feature, its central conceit is more compelling than what ended up on screen."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The film is too casually misanthropic and enamored of its expulsive prosthetic virtuosity to be politically relevant, and it's not clear what response -- shame? outrage? titillation? -- Roth is after."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Roth is able to change the focus from frolicking raunchiness to extreme chilliness in a way that's quite sobering."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Roth proves unable to control the tone of his premise, in the end pandering too much to the male adolescent audience that he at first seems to be satirising."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"While there are some cheap thrills to be had here, much of the movie is profoundly boring."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
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