'Hostage' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
35%
Rotten Tomatoes:   166 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    An interesting French action pic fights gallantly for dominance over a bulging, American-style shoot-'em-up.
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  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
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  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    It can never quite make that final leap over its formula.
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  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    By the time Willis's character saves this considerably long day, it's filmgoers who will no doubt feel like prisoners.
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  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It doesn't satisfy in the way a good thriller ought to.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    The script is clever without ever being smart, the violence is showy but not cathartic, and the performances are, to put it kindly, a mixed bag.
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  • Jessica Winter Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A steaming pile of siege cliches and screaming unlikelihoods.
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  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    38
    Beyond the cliches, there's something deeply offensive about the way Hostage exploits our empathy for children in peril.
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  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    Doug Richardson's script is as riddled with plot holes as Pollak's house is with bullets.
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  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    34
    Inevitably, the action has to take over, and the film devolves into a frenzy of fireballs and automatic gunfire.
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  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    For action movie fans who require just a touch of depth and mystery between gunshots, Hostage could make for a satisfying night at the movies.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Bruce Willis, who feels like a resident of action thrillers, not a visitor, dials down here into a man of fierce focus and private motives.
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  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Explosions, gunfights and suspense may keep you awake for a while, but not if the movie assaults logic and holds common sense hostage.
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    25
    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.
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  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    You might feel that the title applies to you.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    Not that there's anything wrong with testosterone and senseless destruction as long as they're balanced by some true sense of heart and at least a smidgen of believability, neither of which survive here.
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  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    The film doesn't follow its own rules.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Hostage is all the pulp thriller Bruce Willis movies you've seen before.
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  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Visually stylish but highly improbable.
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  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    As the story further ramps up the complications, poor plot mechanics run pic off the road.
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  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The film quickly collapses into incoherence with a barrage of bullets, Molotov cocktails and the arrival of a SWAT team.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    If it doesn't wholly succeed, at least it fails in an interesting way.
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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    This is, in the final analysis, just another Bruce Willis Movie, albeit one that makes us think a bit more than usual and maybe hope a little harder that all those bullets and explosions will be put to good use.
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  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The subplots are stacked up and nesting into each other like so many Russian dolls, and seeming every bit as precious.
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