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The Host

Action . Adventure . Romance . Science Fiction . Thriller

A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.

Actors: Brent Wendell Williams , Rachel Roberts , Emily Browning , Boyd Holbrook , Shyaam Karra , Chandler Canterbury , Max Irons , Frances Fisher , William Hurt , Jake Abel , Diane Kruger , Saoirse Ronan , Jhil McEntyre , Stephen Rider
Directors: Andrew Niccol
Release: 2013-03-29
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  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    A silly, if fun, futuristic sci-fi romance.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The Host will make perfect sense to 12-year-old girls, while their college-age sisters will probably laugh themselves sick and their mothers will look at Hurt and wonder when he got so old.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The Host is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells. The movie is so consistently pitched at the same note, indeed, that the structure robs it of possibilities for dramatic tension.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The Host gets bogged down in its “who’s kissing whom now?” dynamics, and it becomes all too easy to snicker at it. Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    An "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" retread told from a postoccupation vantage point, this adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s YA romance novel unfolds in a dystopian future when alien parasites have nearly won the battle for Earth.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The Host is a step up from the endless metaphorical lectures and gaping plot holes of Niccol’s last film, In Time, but its muffled emotions, delivered with Twilight-esque blank-eyed calm, put it in the same category of a creative idea hamstrung in execution.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    As with the Twilight series, The Host's infelicities—drab dialogue, ridiculous plotting, more emotional crises than there is story—are enlivened by its thematic eccentricities.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Saoirse Ronan's talents are wasted on a foolish dual part in this dull sci-fi fantasy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Extravagantly silly but undeniably entertaining sci-fi soap opera.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    'Twilight' of the Body Snatchers, without much urgency or sexual heat.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Host doesn't strive for social allegory, as previous body snatcher flicks have done with the Red Scare, civil rights and Watergate. If anything it's merely a teenage girl's fantasy checklist for prom.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    This film adaptation feels like YA, with cat’s-cradle love matches, soft-focus sexuality, and a main character who never satisfactorily makes the transition from page to screen.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Niccol and Meyer -- who co-produces this, her first post-"Twilight" film -- choose to trade away any shred of the ripe social subtext that has made other body-snatcher films so rich. In its place: the kind of supernatural, star-crossed romance that generates so much swooning from Team "Twilight."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Watch closely and you might even spy a better film inside, straining to break free.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The movie, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer of “Twilight” fame and directed by Andrew Niccol, is just kind of dumb. Like the more famous books and movies, about a love triangle between a vampire, a werewolf and a human girl, it often plays like a teenage girl’s idea of how literary romances play out.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Host basically comes down to a vote for Team Jared or Team Ian. I voted myself into oblivion about half an hour in. Niccol, who once added mystery and suspense to the sci-fi of 1997's "Gattaca," is no match for the giant marshmallow that is The Host.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It’s a mushy and unsuspenseful melodrama.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The story goes slack onscreen, so much so that the movie's two-plus hours will seem an eternity.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Dopey, derivative and dull, The Host is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation. That sounds like it should work (really!), but it never does, largely because the story is as drained of energy as are its moony aliens.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Ronan, youthfully elegant as always, tries hard, but the material defeats her.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • 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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A long, tedious and often unintentionally hilarious adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi follow-up.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The film may as well be titled "Stephenie Meyer's Waiting Around."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Curtis Woloschuk

    Steven Spielberg famously retained his childhood sense of wonder. On this evidence, Meyer has maintained a nine-year-old's notion of titillating romance.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's really a dramatic sinkhole.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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