The Host Reviews

February 26, 2019
The Host might have been stronger as a TV series, with more time to spend on character development and a gradually building plot, but Niccol's cool direction and his solid cast make is a perfectly watchable genre piece.
September 9, 2017
The Host wraps up cleanly but it's clear from the ending that, all going well, there will be a second instalment.
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.
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 28, 2013
An original sci-fi vision from writer-director Andrew Niccol, one that takes chances, falls on its face a time or two, and otherwise works as well as it does because of how brazenly different it dares to be.
March 28, 2013
Meyer's romantic sense, cribbed from the back pages of a junior-high girl's Trapper Keeper, is given a bit of depth by the strong cast - particularly Ronan.
March 28, 2013
Simply dismissing The Host as a shallow Invasion of the Body Snatchers/Romeo and Juliet mash-up would be to ignore how effectively it will play to large herds of mall-dwellers.
March 28, 2013
If making a Stephanie Meyers adaptation far less annoying than any of the Twilight movies helps [Andrew Niccol] get his next project, it will have been worth it.
March 27, 2013
If nothing else, the movie serves as an excellent substitute for the book: better art direction and a quarter of the adjectives.
March 26, 2013
Niccol helps The Host survive as a sci-fi movie even as he's saddled with the Twilight author's source material.