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The Perfect Host Reviews

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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
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
December 27, 2011
Suffers for being too clever and convoluted despite being so witty.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 20, 2011
Very clever and highly enjoyable.
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
July 1, 2011
Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
June 30, 2011
Clayne Crawford and John Malkovich-like David Hyde Pierce are excellent screen sparring partners in 'The Perfect Host.'
June 30, 2011
The dialogue is witty and spiked with delicious malice. At least it is when Pierce delivers it. It won't spoil the plot to say that he is pricelessly good at taking you places you don't see coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 30, 2011
Pierce plays his wacked-out dinner-party host with such gusto that it almost doesn't matter that neither of the main characters are really fleshed out.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 28, 2011
The heart of the film is a one-joke fizzler, leaving DHP to sashay, role-play, carry on one-sided conversations, and disco-dance on the table with just the right amount of lizardy, half-lidded sangfroid.
June 20, 2011
A familiar horror/suspense trope -- criminals choose the wrong hideout, discover twisted residents more dangerous than cops -- gets entertainingly respun in The Perfect Host.
June 20, 2011
Tomnay skillfully shifts the film's initial tone from suspense to dark comedy so that the transition never feels forced.
June 9, 2011
So many engaging twists that any attempt at a detailed synopsis would ruin the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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+
December 29, 2011
It's a film, not a play, and it doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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+
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