The Perfect Host Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
This is not the type of movie whose inherent dopiness angers or frustrates. You just sort of giggle at the kids having fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Top Critic
July 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 1, 2011
a bizarre train wreck of unfortunate circumstance piled on top of perverse, illogical fantasy and caught somewhere between psychological thriller and bemusing dark comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michelle Orange
Movieline
June 30, 2011
A chamber piece hostage thriller black comedy undone less by its twists than by the stretches of bad road between them.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 29, 2011
It's a film, not a play, and it doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2011
What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 1, 2011
Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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.
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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+
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 30, 2011
Recommended to those who like being endlessly led down filmic garden paths devoid of logic or empathy.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 1, 2011
Though this 'Host' is far from perfect, it does offer incidental pleasures--not least Pierce's exuberant turn.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
March 2, 2013
Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host manages to take a rather simple premise and do something rather inventive and refreshing with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
November 20, 2011
Very clever and highly enjoyable.
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