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The Host Reviews

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J. Olson
April 12, 2016
Kind of like watching a toddler assemble a high-end bookcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
It's all very confusing, and not very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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
Ben Kendrick
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
William Bibbiani
March 28, 2013
The Host lacks the adolescent foolishness that made Twilight even remotely relatable, and it isn't even bad enough to be fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
Matt Patches
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
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
March 28, 2013
Its title, very graciously, doesn't end with a "Part 1," but The Host sure has enough plot points and ideas to fill two installments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Simon Miraudo
March 27, 2013
Clunky, dramatically inert, ideologically repugnant, and just a plain old bore, The Host may be the worst thing anyone involved has ever been affiliated with. In some instances, that may also prove true for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Croot
April 4, 2013
Come back Bella and Edward - all is forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 27, 2013
'Twilight' of the Body Snatchers, without much urgency or sexual heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 12, 2013
Niccol crafts some arresting imagery, though the slow pacing and droning new age score makes everything feel like an endless Ambien commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 12, 2013
Just like her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel The Host becomes another feature in which people are standing around and brooding ( ... ) Proof that it's not easy to make thoughts seem riveting when little is happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2013
"The Host" is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
March 29, 2013
The movie's structure is awkward. There's no real narrative thrust.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
March 28, 2013
Melanie had two voices in her head. I only had one, but it was clearly telling me that this movie is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Alonso Duralde
March 28, 2013
During the dull stretches of The Host -- and, sadly, there are many of them -- you may find yourself rewriting the movie as a French farce.
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