The Host

critic Reviews

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  • 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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    Tom CharityCNN.com
    This is pretty silly stuff, Twi-lite if you will, but played with maximum solemnity, no discernible humor and minimal excitement.
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    Owen GleibermanEntertainment Weekly
    [A] bizarre Saturday Night Live sketch about a girl with a bratty alien inside her.
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    Tirdad DerakhshaniPhiladelphia Inquirer
    The Host isn't very good as a romance. There's not very much passion on screen, which makes the film a poor cousin to Twilight.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    The movie's structure is awkward. There's no real narrative thrust.
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    Alan ScherstuhlVillage Voice
    The Host's infelicities-drab dialogue, ridiculous plotting, more emotional crises than there is story-are enlivened by its thematic eccentricities.
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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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