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  • Summary: Three young Americans studying abroad in Rome set off for a weekend trip when they run into a beautiful model from their art class. Also on her way to an exotic destination, the gorgeous European invites the coeds to come along. Will the girls find the oasis they are looking for? Or are theyThree young Americans studying abroad in Rome set off for a weekend trip when they run into a beautiful model from their art class. Also on her way to an exotic destination, the gorgeous European invites the coeds to come along. Will the girls find the oasis they are looking for? Or are they poised to become victims for hire, pawns in the fantasies of the sick and privileged from around the world who secretly travel here to savor more grisly pursuits? (Lionsgate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. 78
    Director Roth has accomplished the near impossible with Hostel: Part II: He's crafted a vastly superior sequel to a film already considered something of a classic by genre aficionados, one that supersedes its predecessor's sadistic entertainment quotient by orders of magnitude while also upstaging its own outrageous gore effects with a script that's smart, vicious, and occasionally, gleefully subversive.
  2. An authentic real-world creep show -- better, if anything, than its predecessor.
  3. Roth has managed the rare feat of actually improving on the original.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Rose
    50
    A decent second chapter in the tourist horror saga.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    40
    Roth's slick shock-'em-up sequel is a dispiritingly traditional splat of gristly Grand Guignol. It's tooled up to outrage, but ultimately numbs rather than grips.
  6. 38
    The problem with Hostel Part II is the same flaw that afflicted Hostel: no tension.
  7. You live in a free country, you put up with crud like Hostel Part II. It truly is crud, though.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 44
  2. Negative: 18 out of 44
  1. Mar 1, 2013
    10
    More like 'Hostel: Part BRILLIANT'. I love all of Eli Roth's films and this was no exception. Two thumbs up. The script was as sharp asMore like 'Hostel: Part BRILLIANT'. I love all of Eli Roth's films and this was no exception. Two thumbs up. The script was as sharp as the knives featured in the film's notorious knife cutting scene (the scene where the people get cut with the knives). I laughed and cried and screamed because it was also scary as well as funny and sad. And Who can forget the scene with the bit where they rent out a room in the titular hostel. When I remember this scene I still get shivers, I was like, 'Don't rent that room in that hostel!' but then they rent the room in the hostel and its like, 'here we go again!' I regard Hostel 2 as Roth's best (controversial) but then again, I regard all his films as the best (gotcha!). A must see.

    p.s F*ck trees.
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  2. GeraldF.
    Jun 8, 2007
    10
    A much sharper critique of American wealth at work in the wider world than most critics give Roth credit for.
  3. Jan 1, 2013
    8
    nowhere near as good as the first, but nonetheless, it is still an insanely violent, horrifying, kinetic thrill ride, with a decent script andnowhere near as good as the first, but nonetheless, it is still an insanely violent, horrifying, kinetic thrill ride, with a decent script and director behind it - samarathenymph xoxo (happy freakin' new year) Expand
  4. AMovieCritic
    Jun 9, 2007
    4
    This was pretty disappointing. Now....I have not seen the first Hostel, but they do a great job of catching you up on the events in the first This was pretty disappointing. Now....I have not seen the first Hostel, but they do a great job of catching you up on the events in the first one at the start of this. Keeping in mind that I haven't seen the first Hostel, I didn't really expect anything going into this, but was disappointed anyway. The pacing for this movie seems to be all over the map. Director Eli Roth spends what seems like forever before we get to the first death. The movie is pretty interesting at first but after a while, it starts to get tedious and boring. When we finally get to the first capture and death...eventually people start getting captured, but it's just not worth the wait, and basically, that first death is the only one until nearly the end of the movie. I feel pretty dirty saying it, but there's a reason people go to these movies; to see graphic deaths and gore. Hostel Part II does not deliver. Any of the 3 Saw movies has more gore and suspense than this movie. Most of the deaths take place off screen. Which, again, makes me wonder what Eli Roth thought people were going to see this movie for; the scenery? This is my first Eli Roth film, and I'm a little disappointed to see that he just doesn't seem to be able to set a mood. There's no suspense whatsoever. Women are tortured but for whatever reason, there's no tension. You see a movie like Wolf Creek (where women are similarly victims to a sick person torturing them,) and there's an intensity to the scenes in that movie that Hostel Part II lacks. Roth also has a habit of winking at his audience way too often. There's so much sly humor thrown in to the movie that at times, it felt like a parody of itself. This is most evident during the scene right before the credits roll. This movie seems to make no effort to scare us or to take itself seriously. Eli Roth's direction also seems pretty bland, with none of the energetic style of the Saw films. The plot also lost me at times. It felt like there were scenes missing from the movie. Characters seem to do things with no motive or explanation. An important character is suddenly seen being eaten. This scene is never explained to the audience. A character whose acting nice suddenly seems to "snap" for no apparent reason, and a kid is killed; why? I don't know. Unfortunately, despite a pretty good start, Hostel II fails to deliver what was promised. There's lots of deaths taking place off screen, the movie takes forever to get to the point, and there's just not much to enjoy when it finally does get there. The "shocking ending" turns out NOT to be a plot twist, but a very graphic scene involving [spoiler deleted]...which may have felt more shocking if I hadn't already seen [spoiler deleted]. I've got to admit, I'm not the biggest "splatter film" fan, but when I do go to a splatter film, I expect there to be lots of...splatter. There just wasn't. And the plot wasn't interesting, the pacing was slow, the movie doesn't seem to take itself seriously...so why should we take it seriously? Not recommended. Expand
  5. TroyS.
    Jun 8, 2007
    3
    I enjoyed the first movie but this movie was miserable. It was hyped up as being more sadistic, violent, and gory than the previous film and I enjoyed the first movie but this movie was miserable. It was hyped up as being more sadistic, violent, and gory than the previous film and I don't think it was. I'm not sure if it was the hype that killed this movie or what. But it seemed like they threw a batch of new characters on the screen and let them just float through a movie which was horribly acted, un-suspenseful or scary. It was mostly laughable and the effect/make-up once again were not anything special. As for "the greatest ending ever" I felt like it was a thrown together ending because Roth couldn't figure out any one other way to get himself out of the mess he was in and he thought it'd be funny, which it wasn't. But I will say the ending was very Eli Roth. Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2011
    2
    Another disapointing horror film sequel and I expected a lot better then this trash from Eli Roth. The acting was below average at best andAnother disapointing horror film sequel and I expected a lot better then this trash from Eli Roth. The acting was below average at best and the effects ,will good, were no where near as graphic as the first film. Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2012
    0
    A worthless and totally uninteresting sequel to a film that shouldn't exist in the first place. Lumbering, tension-free, insomnia-curingA worthless and totally uninteresting sequel to a film that shouldn't exist in the first place. Lumbering, tension-free, insomnia-curing monkey poop from start to end. Eli Roth is completely without a shred of talent, skill or decency. Expand

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