Hostage

Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
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  1. Beyond the cliches, there's something deeply offensive about the way Hostage exploits our empathy for children in peril.
  2. 38
    An unrelenting assault on the brain and eardrums.
  3. It doesn't satisfy in the way a good thriller ought to.
  4. The movie as a whole is nonsensical. And long. And slow. And head-poundingly loud as it culminates in slavering horror.
  5. 30
    But by the time Willis's character saves this considerably long day, it's filmgoers who will no doubt feel like prisoners, as a movie that promises to be a taut nail-biter devolves into the kind of silly, overblown climax parodied so beautifully by Robert Altman in "The Player."
  6. 25
    Take a tired formula...Stir with a director, Florent Siri, who has no shame about stealing every sadistic suspense trick from the Die Hard series. Serve to a gullible audience willing to pay top dollar for secondhand goods.
  7. Hostage may well be the first action flick cited both for child abuse and audience abuse. In a singularly sadistic and degrading way it has something to offend everyone.
  8. This is a half-hearted, derivative action film with not a single honest artistic impulse behind it.
  9. More than sad, it's slightly sickening to consider the technology, talent and know-how squandered on Hostage, a pile of blood-soaked toxic waste dumped onto the screen in an attempt to salvage Bruce Willis's fading career as an action hero.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 203 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Jul 27, 2012
    7
    This is such a great action packed movie with a great deal of suspense, good acting, and an overall decent plot. Pay no attention to theThis is such a great action packed movie with a great deal of suspense, good acting, and an overall decent plot. Pay no attention to the horrible review that the good for nothing critics gave this movie. Full Review »
  2. FrankO.
    Jan 15, 2006
    5
    I was looking forward to viewing this movie because it was based on a novel by Robert Crais who I admire as a mystery writer. Needless to I was looking forward to viewing this movie because it was based on a novel by Robert Crais who I admire as a mystery writer. Needless to say, it was too much over the top with special effects and way too long. Full Review »
  3. Aug 8, 2015
    7
    The acting was not that bad, the visuals were okay and overall the movie was entertaining.If you are looking for a big movie with a lot ofThe acting was not that bad, the visuals were okay and overall the movie was entertaining.If you are looking for a big movie with a lot of action you will probably be disappointed but it stays a good movie. Full Review »