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The Perfect Host Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 22, 2013
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 26, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 4/10

July 1, 2011
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 17, 2011
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D

June 30, 2011
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 1, 2011
Michelle Orange
Movieline

A chamber piece hostage thriller black comedy undone less by its twists than by the stretches of bad road between them.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6.5/10

June 30, 2011
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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 Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: 2/5

August 1, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 30, 2011
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's a film, not a play, and it doesn't work.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 29, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Tomnay needlessly convolutes what should have been a taut, focused two-hander with flashbacks, alternate realities and too-clever-by-half reversals.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 29, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host."

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 1, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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This is bargain-basement moviemaking, and looks it. Here's wishing Mr. Pierce a vigorous movie career, and better luck next time.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

June 22, 2011
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

June 28, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

June 29, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Recommended to those who like being endlessly led down filmic garden paths devoid of logic or empathy.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 30, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Though this 'Host' is far from perfect, it does offer incidental pleasures--not least Pierce's exuberant turn.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

July 1, 2011
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host manages to take a rather simple premise and do something rather inventive and refreshing with it.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

March 2, 2013
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com

Very clever and highly enjoyable.

Full Review Source: FilmsInReview.com

November 20, 2011
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