The Host Reviews

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Katherine Monk
March 29, 2013
Yes. It all feels weird and just a little awkward, but thanks to Ronan and the endless layers of well-intentioned meaning, The Host finds enough schmaltzy charm to bid its guests adieu without embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 29, 2013
The Host's infelicities-drab dialogue, ridiculous plotting, more emotional crises than there is story-are enlivened by its thematic eccentricities.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 29, 2013
Fear and dread of "the other" have long ruled American science fiction, fantasy, suspense thrillers and politics... How jarring then, and refreshing, to see The Host... take the invaders' point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 29, 2013
Neither romantic nor fake romantic, and not at all ridiculous, The Host has an atmosphere that is cold, austere and sardonic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
March 28, 2013
An original sci-fi vision from writer-director Andrew Niccol, one that takes chances, falls on its face a time or two, and otherwise works as well as it does because of how brazenly different it dares to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 28, 2013
Meyer's romantic sense, cribbed from the back pages of a junior-high girl's Trapper Keeper, is given a bit of depth by the strong cast - particularly Ronan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
March 28, 2013
Simply dismissing The Host as a shallow Invasion of the Body Snatchers/Romeo and Juliet mash-up would be to ignore how effectively it will play to large herds of mall-dwellers.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
March 28, 2013
If making a Stephanie Meyers adaptation far less annoying than any of the Twilight movies helps [Andrew Niccol] get his next project, it will have been worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 27, 2013
If nothing else, the movie serves as an excellent substitute for the book: better art direction and a quarter of the adjectives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
March 26, 2013
Niccol helps The Host survive as a sci-fi movie even as he's saddled with the Twilight author's source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Travis Hopson
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 least it's original.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
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
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
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