75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
If Hostage looks a lot like a state-of-the-art French "policier" minus the pesky subtitles, the effect is purely intentional.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Hostage is really about sleek Bruce - buff, bald and clean-shaven - as he goes to town on two sets of assailants.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a B-flick all the way, but it has no pretensions to the contrary, and that's some kind of refreshing.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Beyond the cliches, there's something deeply offensive about the way Hostage exploits our empathy for children in peril.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie as a whole is nonsensical. And long. And slow. And head-poundingly loud as it culminates in slavering horror.
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25

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is a half-hearted, derivative action film with not a single honest artistic impulse behind it.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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44 out of 100
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