75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's a back-to-basics, gore-and-gristle look at the no-frills nastiness of 1970s films, in which monsters, mutants and ghosts can't hold a candle to the sheer, unadulterated evil that lurks in the hearts of men.
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75

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
The entertainingly unhinged Hostel reeks of kneeling reverence to the grisliest of psychotronica while simultaneously striving to out-gore and out-shock its predecessors.
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75

New York Post

What kind of hellspawn might result if "Saw" bought a copy of "Let's Go: Europe" and went backpacking across Europe to have a one-night stand with Dracula? Something like Hostel.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's obligatory for a horror film to feature exploitative sex as an appetizer, but Roth, even as he fulfills the sleaze imperative, does something shrewder: He mocks his heroes, presenting them as cold-eyed horndog jerks who fail to see that they've wandered into an entire country of exploitation.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Eli Roth turns to modern-day Asian fright filmmakers as inspiration for his latest blood-soaked effort while demonstrating an intriguing, original voice of his own.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The thing is just a clunky and tasteless and dumb scare picture, isn't it? Clunky, yes. Tasteless, for sure. But not so dumb I fear.
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60

Empire

This is an old-school exercise in shock and gore, with scary ideas and unblinking splatter.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Not horrifying enough.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A thrill-less thriller that uses gore to obfuscate its inability to generate tension, this motion picture has the profile one might expect from a direct-to-video release.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The question is, can a Slovakian lawsuit against the filmmaker be far behind?
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55 out of 100
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