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Hostiles (2018)



Critic Consensus: Hostiles benefits from stunning visuals and a solid central performance from Christian Bale, both of which help elevate its uneven story.

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Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.

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Christian Bale
as Captain Joseph J. Blocker
Rosamund Pike
as Rosalie Quaid
Wes Studi
as Chief Yellow Hawk
Jesse Plemons
as Lt. Rudy Kidder
Adam Beach
as Black Hawk
Ben Foster
as Philip Wills
Scott Shepherd
as Wesley Quaid
Ava Cooper
as Lucy Quaid
Stella Cooper
as Sylvie Quaid
David Midthunder
as Buffalo Man
Gray Wolf Herrera
as Middle-Aged Apache Man
Jonathan Majors
as Corp. Henry Woodsen
John Benjamin Hickey
as Capt. Royce Tolan
Stafford Douglas
as Corp. Molinor
Stephen Lang
as Col. Abraham Biggs
Bill Camp
as Jeremiah Wilks
Timothée Chalamet
as Pvt. Philippe DeJardin
Xavier Horsechief
as Little Bear
Tanaya Beatty
as Living Woman
Peter Mullan
as Lt. Colonel Ross McCowan
James Cady
as Butte Train Conductor
Scott Wilson
as Cyrus Lounde
Luce Raines
as Virgil Lounde
Richard L. Bucher
as Ezekiel Lounde
Brian Duffy
as Silas Lounde
Dicky Eklund Jr.
as Hatchet Face
Dicky Ecklund Jr.
as Hatchet Face
Boots Southerland
as Buffalo Hunter
Austin Rising
as Fort Winslow Lance Corporal
Ryan Bingham
as Sgt. Paul Malloy
Robyn Malcolm
as Minnie McCowan
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Critic Reviews for Hostiles

All Critics (225) | Top Critics (56)

The wants are grandiose, but the gains are minuscule.

August 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Christian Bale gives a typically half-measured, half-intense performance of a character who is mostly pretty awful but whom Hostiles wants to redeem for no clear reason whatsoever.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The journey is beautifully shot by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi, but Bale's genius is wasted-he's often resigned to looking sullen and straining to recite the clunky dialogue.

March 2, 2018 | Full Review…

... a strong, if overlong and over-obvious, western...

February 2, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It offers shreds of hope, something we can cling to even now.

January 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

By turns deliberative and chaotic, brutal and merciful, definitely bleak and just maybe hopeful, Hostiles could have ended with its penultimate scene, but it would have been a very different movie.

January 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hostiles


Christian Bale is absolutely tremendous, delivering a quietly intense performance in this brutal revisionist Western that carefully (yet incisively) examines the consequences of a merciless cycle of hatred that only dehumanizes people and turns them into beasts and monsters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

a beautifully shot but thematically pretty damn gloomy Western. The story is Slow paced but the outstanding acting and interesting premise makes it fascinating and enthralling in every moment. Some character development seems to come a little sudden and the ending is both disturbingly bleak and hopeful at the same time. All that certainly makes you think about the film for a little longer, considering some of its themes resonate in today's political climate. The beautiful images stay with you anyway.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


An intelligent Western for these modern times, Scott Cooper takes a hard and introspective look at the human heart and what, if anything, is necessary to make forgiveness and moving on possible when dirty history points to nothing else but slaughter to the last soul. A fabled Indian killer is commanded to escort an old enemy home to die is the simple synopsis but there are many more crisscrossed lines of hate between here and there. Cooper and his actors, all more than capable, deliver the goods for a thought provoking evening at the flickers

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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