The Host

critic Reviews

9% Rotten Tomatometer Score9%
  • Poorly scripted and dramatically ineffective, The Host is mostly stale and tedious, with moments of unintentional hilarity.
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    Noah BerlatskyThe Atlantic
    The acting, as well as Andrew Niccol's writing and direction, are all awful; I can't in good conscience recommend that anyone see this film.
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    Nicholas BellIONCINEMA.com
    Lazily follows the same formula as Meyer's other works, but insert aliens where you'd think vampires.
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    Molly TempletonEugene Weekly (OR)
    The Host might have been stronger as a TV series, with more time to spend on character development and a gradually building plot, but Niccol's cool direction and his solid cast make is a perfectly watchable genre piece.
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    Allen AdamsThe Maine Edge
    This movie stole two hours of my life.
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    Frank OchiengSF Crowsnest
    Inexplicably, The Host is another convenient Meyer-induced supernatural soap dish that wants to exploit the girl power movie-going minions with schlocky cotton candy amour nestled behind an overused gothic-oriented gimmick.
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    Debbie BaldwinLadue News
    So in short, unless you are a pre-teen girl with a less-than-C average, this movie is probably not worth your time.
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    Jennifer HeatonAlternative Lens
    The film is dull and slow, nothing happens during the entire second act, the dialog is laughable, and the ending is the most contrived and utterly anti-climactic thing ever.
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    Fico CangianoCineXpress
    A dumb plot, laughable dialogue and bad acting, make The Host one of the worst commercial films I've ever seen. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Francesca RudkinNew Zealand Herald
    The Host wraps up cleanly but it's clear from the ending that, all going well, there will be a second instalment.
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    J. OlsonCinemixtape
    Kind of like watching a toddler assemble a high-end bookcase.
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