Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  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. The movie as a whole is nonsensical. And long. And slow. And head-poundingly loud as it culminates in slavering horror.
  4. It doesn't satisfy in the way a good thriller ought to.
  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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50
  1. Sep 5, 2014
    Hostage has clever action, surprises and a first rate performance from Bruce Willis.
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  2. Jun 26, 2014
    Willis delivers a great performance in this action thriller. He plays a retired hostage negotiator who becomes a small town sheriff after he fails to rescue a child who is held hostage. Kevin Pollak and Ben Foster also add refined roles to the movie. Hostage is crackling thriller with twists around every corner. Full Review »
  3. Jul 27, 2012
    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 the horrible review that the good for nothing critics gave this movie. Full Review »