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The Perfect Host Reviews

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Will Leitch
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+
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 10, 2012
The plot isn't believable, but it sure is fun. It skewers expectations and has a lot of unexpected turns.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 14, 2012
The Perfect Host is a welcome sherbet between the many more weighty films currently playing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 27, 2011
Suffers for being too clever and convoluted despite being so witty.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Victoria Alexander
November 20, 2011
Very clever and highly enjoyable.
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
August 10, 2011
The Perfect Host is a prime example of why you don't need an insane effects budget or huge set pieces to give audiences a cinematic experience they won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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+
Christopher Null
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
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 1, 2011
Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2011
The less one knows about this perverse thriller from debuting director Nick Tomnay the better; a full appreciation of its delights lies in its revelations.
Top Critic
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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 30, 2011
Clayne Crawford and John Malkovich-like David Hyde Pierce are excellent screen sparring partners in 'The Perfect Host.'
Michelle Orange
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
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