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The Host Reviews

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Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 29, 2013
Almost everything said by Melanie sounds childish and outrageous. It makes The Host extremely immature.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Alexander Lowe
We Got This Covered
March 29, 2013
The Host lacks quality acting and any hint of a decent story. The result is a sci-fi film with no science and a romantic film with no romance. In other words, it's the dullest 2 hours imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 29, 2013
This is pretty silly stuff, Twi-lite if you will, but played with maximum solemnity, no discernible humor and minimal excitement.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 29, 2013
[A] bizarre Saturday Night Live sketch about a girl with a bratty alien inside her.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
March 29, 2013
The Host is a passable film that could entertain a slim segment of viewers that were turned-off by Twilight - while fully catering to the Twihard crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 29, 2013
Invasion 
of the 
time-wasters: 'Host' alienates audience
Full Review | Original Score: D
Chris Knight
National Post
March 29, 2013
Skipping merrily over plot holes in search of the next Romantic Teen Moment, The Host inadvertently raises the question: If this is the way the world ends, is it worth trying to save it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
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
John Hazelton
Screen International
March 29, 2013
A ponderous and at times pretty silly romantic sci-fi adventure.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 29, 2013
The Host isn't very good as a romance. There's not very much passion on screen, which makes the film a poor cousin to Twilight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 29, 2013
The movie's structure is awkward. There's no real narrative thrust.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Jason Anderson
The Grid
March 29, 2013
Director Andrew Niccol is completely unable to add any depth or elegance to Meyer's pedestrian storytelling and thin characters. We can only presume that those aliens have already gotten hold of his body already.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 29, 2013
Not as excruciating as The Twilight Saga, but totally ludicrous, and packed with dopey dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 29, 2013
If you're looking for a few laughs from the unintended camp, or are desirous of letting loose with your own MST3K commentary, the film might just be what the doctor ordered. (Complete Content Details for Parents also available)
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
March 29, 2013
An alien invasion movie that consists of Saoirse Ronan and Disembodied Voice of Saoirse Ronan arguing with each other over whether and when and with whom the body of Saoirse Ronan should get it on.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
March 29, 2013
The Host is like its central character: a vacant husk, completely bewildered inside and out, with the faint sound of a good idea trying to scream its way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 29, 2013
Meyer has concocted an extremely silly story made worse by Andrew Niccol's ponderous, self-important adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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