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The Host Reviews

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James Croot
April 4, 2013
Come back Bella and Edward - all is forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jackie K. Cooper
April 4, 2013
Saoirse Ronan is a talented young actress but the silly dialogue and convoluted plot make this movie average in so many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 4, 2013
Stephenie Meyer has found a whole new way for teen girls to be conflicted about sex...
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 4, 2013
This is not the first time that Meyer's muddled prose has dragged an interesting director to his artistic doom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 4, 2013
This is a flaccid affair ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film
April 3, 2013
Compounding the dismal storytelling is Niccol's general disregard for narrative structure and pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 3, 2013
The central premise of The Host is fundamentally unfilmable and, hence, probably shouldn't have been filmed.
Niki Boyle
The List
April 3, 2013
Teen sitcom-level dialogue, wooden acting, snogging-in-the-rain flashbacks and ludicrously chrome-plated alien racecars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 2, 2013
There's a compelling idea in here somewhere, one that sadly gets bogged down in Stephenie Meyer's ongoing desire to focus intently on all the least interesting things in her own stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 2, 2013
The only reason I had any hope was the presence of Saoirse Ronan in the leading role...
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 2, 2013
The Host doesn't strive for social allegory, as previous body snatcher flicks did... it's merely a teenage girl's fantasy checklist for prom: Which "me" should I be, which guy should I go with, and can we get one of those shiny sports cars to drive?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
April 1, 2013
Even by the standard of paranormal teen romances, The Host is ridiculous stuff, and derivative too.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 1, 2013
The nagging disembodied voice of Melanie comes across like the Great Gazoo to Wanda's Fred Flintstone ("Don't steal my boyfriend, dum-dum!")
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dave White
April 1, 2013
Space-Ronan kisses a boy and her inner human screams "NO!," slaps the confused male, then runs off to brood by a rock, staring into space. It will make sense to some of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 31, 2013
The story concept is interesting, but it gradually runs off the rails and doesn't end up being as good a story as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Gorber
March 30, 2013
2013's The Host is eye gouging, can't-get-the-hours-back-of-your-life kind of bad that if there's any justice will quickly disappear from your local screen, soon to be forgotten save for those masochistic few who actually stomach the entire running time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
March 30, 2013
The Host just isn't a very good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
March 29, 2013
Midway through The Host I started longing for the depth and sophistication of any random Twilight movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
March 29, 2013
plays out like something an eleven-year-old girl would write on the back of her notebook while she was bored in class... with the emotional depth of a wet napkin
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
March 29, 2013
... edgy on the surface but a cheesy love story at its core, complete with longing glances and music swells.
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