The Perfect Host Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 30, 2011
The dialogue is witty and spiked with delicious malice. At least it is when Pierce delivers it. It won't spoil the plot to say that he is pricelessly good at taking you places you don't see coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 30, 2011
Pierce plays his wacked-out dinner-party host with such gusto that it almost doesn't matter that neither of the main characters are really fleshed out.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 29, 2011
Pierce acts with an enjoyably testy flamboyance, but by the time he starts to imagine that his guests have arrived even though dinner's been canceled, the film has given him one loose screw too many.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 29, 2011
Tomnay needlessly convolutes what should have been a taut, focused two-hander with flashbacks, alternate realities and too-clever-by-half reversals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
The heart of the film is a one-joke fizzler, leaving DHP to sashay, role-play, carry on one-sided conversations, and disco-dance on the table with just the right amount of lizardy, half-lidded sangfroid.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 28, 2011
This thriller quickly spins out of control..Tomnay drives this particular crazy train right off the rails with a plot turn the average viewer will have a hard time swallowing.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2011
The Perfect Host is really a game without any rules, one where characters and situations exist in total thrall of the next shocking twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 22, 2011
This is bargain-basement moviemaking, and looks it. Here's wishing Mr. Pierce a vigorous movie career, and better luck next time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
June 20, 2011
A familiar horror/suspense trope -- criminals choose the wrong hideout, discover twisted residents more dangerous than cops -- gets entertainingly respun in The Perfect Host.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2011
Tomnay skillfully shifts the film's initial tone from suspense to dark comedy so that the transition never feels forced.
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 17, 2011
As it unfolds, one dreams of Sidney Lumet's Deathtrap and wonders how David Mamet would have handled these two A-types as they jockey for supremacy in a closed environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 9, 2011
So many engaging twists that any attempt at a detailed synopsis would ruin the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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