This is not the type of movie whose inherent dopiness angers or frustrates. You just sort of giggle at the kids having fun.
| Original Score: C+
Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host manages to take a rather simple premise and do something rather inventive and refreshing with it.
| Original Score: 7/10
The plot isn't believable, but it sure is fun. It skewers expectations and has a lot of unexpected turns.
| Original Score: B
The Perfect Host is a welcome sherbet between the many more weighty films currently playing.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a film, not a play, and it doesn't work.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Suffers for being too clever and convoluted despite being so witty.
| Original Score: B-
Very clever and highly enjoyable.
The actors give invested performances, but The Perfect Host's story twists reveal it to be a bullsh-t head feint exercise designed from the ground up as merely a collection of goosing scenes.
| Original Score: 2/5
Around every corner is a new twist, a strategically placed misdirection or another switch of predator and prey. But while the gamesmanship is satisfying in moderation, it becomes a little monotonous in excess.
| Original Score: 4/10
Though this 'Host' is far from perfect, it does offer incidental pleasures--not least Pierce's exuberant turn.
a bizarre train wreck of unfortunate circumstance piled on top of perverse, illogical fantasy and caught somewhere between psychological thriller and bemusing dark comedy
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments.
| Original Score: 3/5
The less one knows about this perverse thriller from debuting director Nick Tomnay the better; a full appreciation of its delights lies in its revelations.
What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host."
Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists.
| Original Score: 2/4
Not even Mr. Pierce's best efforts can make sense of a character who by the end of the film seems to be a completely different person with the same name.
Recommended to those who like being endlessly led down filmic garden paths devoid of logic or empathy.
Clayne Crawford and John Malkovich-like David Hyde Pierce are excellent screen sparring partners in 'The Perfect Host.'
A chamber piece hostage thriller black comedy undone less by its twists than by the stretches of bad road between them.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
20 minutes of intriguing confusion ruined by an additional 70 minutes of explanation and needless motivation. While Pierce shines, his work is wasted on banal behavior and unconvincing ghoulishness.
| Original Score: D