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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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Right from the intriguing opening sequence, which hints at the bleakness which envelops the movie, Willis’ Talley is an interesting character.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    What sends this initially tense thriller over the precipice is a plot scheme that never knows when enough is enough.
  3. Brainlessly efficient action thriller.
  4. Certainly delivers violence and heroics, but not in a way everyone is going to enjoy -- it's brutal and harrowing.
  5. There's a gripping thriller between the gaps in logic. Director Florent Siri has a tough style and an unforgiving attitude, but it drowns in the queasy blood lust.
  6. The action is dynamically filmed and Willis is at his best. Suspense is soon hijacked by outright gore and grisliness, though.
  7. 50
    From the first strains of its overly dramatic, self-important score -- come on, this is not by any stretch of the imagination "Citizen Kane."
  8. Especially discomfiting is the stream of kids in peril.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    It's a B-flick all the way, but it has no pretensions to the contrary, and that's some kind of refreshing.
  10. 50
    By the time the film escalates into a suitably ridiculous Grand Guignol finale, all connection to reality has been severed.
  11. 40
    Bruce looks hot and underplays handsomely as always, but Hostage is a steaming pile of siege clichés and screaming unlikelihoods.
  12. The amazing thing is how dull a movie crawling with gunfire, psycho tantrums and stuff blowing up can be when you just don't care what happens to anyone.
  13. Director Siri has a stylish eye that makes this film resemble a film noir outing, but the script (by Doug Richardson) is at first routine before growing increasingly outlandish.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 237 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  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. 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 »
  3. 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 »