The Host Reviews

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March 29, 2013
This is pretty silly stuff, Twi-lite if you will, but played with maximum solemnity, no discernible humor and minimal excitement.
March 29, 2013
[A] bizarre Saturday Night Live sketch about a girl with a bratty alien inside her.
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.
March 29, 2013
The movie's structure is awkward. There's no real narrative thrust.
March 29, 2013
The Host's infelicities-drab dialogue, ridiculous plotting, more emotional crises than there is story-are enlivened by its thematic eccentricities.
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.
March 29, 2013
Neither romantic nor fake romantic, and not at all ridiculous, The Host has an atmosphere that is cold, austere and sardonic.
March 29, 2013
Ronan, youthfully elegant as always, tries hard, but the material defeats her.
March 29, 2013
A goofball teenage sci-fi romance, "The Host" is an End of Days parable that seems like it was written at a slumber party.
March 29, 2013
If only the movie played as nicely as it looked.
March 29, 2013
The Host raises many questions, among them, how has it taken this long for Diane Kruger to play an alien?
March 28, 2013
Long, tedious and often unintentionally hilarious.
March 28, 2013
It's a mushy and unsuspenseful melodrama.
March 28, 2013
Pick up the book. It does a far better job of breathing life into this monochromatic new world than the film.
March 28, 2013
Dopey, derivative and dull, "The Host" is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation.
March 28, 2013
Ronan is better than the material she's given as Melanie/Wanda. The star of Atonement and Hanna conveys more intelligence than her foolish dual roles call for.
March 28, 2013
A sci-fi writer like Philip K. Dick ("Blade Runner") might have used this premise to explore notions of memory and identity. Meyer uses it to create a teen soap opera.
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.
March 28, 2013
An invasion of the body snatchers is preferable to realizing that the true horror perpetrated here is not on the characters but on the audience.
March 28, 2013
We're treated to the bizarre spectacle of Ronan arguing with herself repeatedly over which guy to kiss. But since both are similarly bland, it barely matters.
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