(2005)

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Metascore

Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
The mechanics of the final showdown are unexpected and yet show an undeniable logic, and are sold by the acting skills of Willis and Pollak.
75
Entertainment Weekly
My new theory is that Willis' own aesthetic soul is more old-world than he knows, and that he works best with directors who either are (Luc Besson) or might as well be (M. Night Shyamalan) European.
75
ReelViews
Hostage has suspense and momentum.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
If Hostage looks a lot like a state-of-the-art French "policier" minus the pesky subtitles, the effect is purely intentional.
63
Hostage is really about sleek Bruce - buff, bald and clean-shaven - as he goes to town on two sets of assailants.
63
Chicago Tribune
Good action movies live on style and excitement. But they also need credibility, and in Hostage, ALMOST a good genre piece, plausibility keeps getting slaughtered.
38
New York Daily News
Beyond the cliches, there's something deeply offensive about the way Hostage exploits our empathy for children in peril.
30
Wall Street Journal
The movie as a whole is nonsensical. And long. And slow. And head-poundingly loud as it culminates in slavering horror.
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.
25
This is a half-hearted, derivative action film with not a single honest artistic impulse behind it.
25
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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