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The Host Reviews

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April 12, 2016
Kind of like watching a toddler assemble a high-end bookcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
May 13, 2013
It's all very confusing, and not very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 3, 2013
Compounding the dismal storytelling is Niccol's general disregard for narrative structure and pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 4, 2013
Come back Bella and Edward - all is forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 27, 2013
'Twilight' of the Body Snatchers, without much urgency or sexual heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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+
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
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
March 29, 2013
The movie's structure is awkward. There's no real narrative thrust.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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-
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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