The Host Reviews

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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.
March 28, 2013
Meyer is undeniably canny at using genre to address the age-old struggles of adolescence, but at just over two hours, even "The Host's" air of guilty pleasure eventually subsides.
March 28, 2013
The Host is born from the mother of all things Twilight, Stephenie Meyer, which is the next best - or worst - thing, depending on your point of view.
March 28, 2013
There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific.
March 28, 2013
"The Host" is like a confused guest who stays too long - but at least it's good for a few laughs.
March 28, 2013
By the time the film finally gets to its conclusion -- an obvious set-up for a sequel -- you may wish you'd been possessed by aliens for the previous couple of hours.
March 28, 2013
Sci-fi hits the skids as bad melodrama rules, and we get such risible dialogue as, "It's not really me you like, it's this body" and "I'm still of two minds." And how about this groaner: "Kiss me like you want to get slapped."
March 28, 2013
The film may as well be titled "Stephenie Meyer's Waiting Around."
March 28, 2013
Niccols always picks unusual, intriguing projects, and gives them a distinctive look, but the emotional core of his stories sometimes escapes him.
March 28, 2013
"The Host" is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells.
March 27, 2013
Just kind of dumb.
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.
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