Hostel (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 6, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring lots of guts and gore, Hostel is a wildly entertaining corpse-filled journey -- assuming one is entertained by corpses, guts, and gore, that is.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!

Scott Weinberg

This is a grim, gory, and unapologetically grungy piece of "survival horror." I dug it.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.

Jan Stuart

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.

David Keyes

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.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Sadly, as with [director Eli] Roth's promising but flawed debut feature, its central conceit is more compelling than what ended up on screen.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

A series of interesting ideas floating around a sea of blood

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A good horror film but overhyped. Didn't think it was any more gory than most other recent horror films. Seen far more gore in many low budget horrors.
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[img][/img] Horror director Eli Roth has always had a terrific visual style and understands the… More
Jens S.
It starts out as a stupid dope and sex comedy for a while before things get uncomfortable and ultimately unbearably cruel. And for the longest time it's… More
Jason Calvin
Now this is a horror movie that you can sink your teeth into. Assuming of course you have an appetite for this level of depravity. "Hostel" has a… More
Alex roy
After giving the first Hostel a second viewing, I found myself liking it more than the first time. The first time I saw this film, I absolutely despised it. I… More
Eric Alvarez
It's okay, just what I expected. For what it is, i think it does well with the gore and storytelling. However, the film takes SO long to get started and… More