The Host Reviews

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Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 9, 2013

Those who found Twilight nauseating will find The Host has the same overlong runtime, cornball characters, and artificially pumped up romantic stakes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 16, 2013

The Host fails as a romance, but it also struggles as an adventure film. The body-snatching angle has been done before, and the aliens... aren't menacing enough.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
July 10, 2013

Oh, the silly movies we must endure. "The Host" is perhaps one of the most brain-dead sci-fi love stories to come along in many years.

Full Review | Original Score: D-
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013

What sort of worked on the page crashes and burns on the screen, as even an actress of Ronan's caliber can't make these self-debates anything but ridiculous.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013

It's all very confusing, and not very interesting.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013

Beyond Meyer's trite-and-untrue formula (supernatural love triangle, exotic locale, family values and kisses as daring and transgressive), corpse-stiff dialogue, flat action sequences and a confused allegory make this movie particularly stultifying piffle

Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 25, 2013

You might despise the 'Twilight' series and still find something to appreciate here...at least it's original.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 23, 2013

Catnip for the cooing teen female set but far less engaging and rewarding for anyone else.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013

And you thought Twilight was bad...

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Schembri
3AW
April 12, 2013

This limply directed, solidly boring slice of sci-fi twaddle features humanoid aliens who spend much of their screen time staring blankly into the middle distance with glazed eyes. About 10 minutes into this dross, you'll know what that feels like.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 12, 2013

Just like her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel The Host becomes another feature in which people are standing around and brooding ( ... ) Proof that it's not easy to make thoughts seem riveting when little is happening.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 12, 2013

Niccol crafts some arresting imagery, though the slow pacing and droning new age score makes everything feel like an endless Ambien commercial.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 11, 2013

Resistance is futile.

Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
April 10, 2013

It's a reasonably intriguing premise, but the alien invasion soon takes a back seat to the kind of tiresome teen angst where crucial plot points hinge on a kiss.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
April 8, 2013

So badly scripted, performed and directed that it literally destroyed my faith in humanity.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 5, 2013

Three bodies plus four minds is some fertile arithmetic, but The Host can't be bothered with the intellectual or kinky ramifications of its setup.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 5, 2013

There's much grave talk of souls in this sci-fi romance. Ironic, then, that it ends up being such a soulless and trifling affair.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 5, 2013

It's bewildering how sci-fi aficionado Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "The Truman Show") could mastermind such a parasitic mess.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
April 4, 2013

Yeah...um...no...don't ever do this again please.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
April 4, 2013

Come back Bella and Edward - all is forgiven.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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