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The Host (2013)



Critic Consensus: Poorly scripted and dramatically ineffective, The Host is mostly stale and tedious, with moments of unintentional hilarity.

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What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? "The Host" is the next epic love story from the creator of the "Twilight Saga," worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about - Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

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Saoirse Ronan
as Melanie/Wanderer
Max Irons
as Jared Howe
Diane Kruger
as The Seeker
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Critic Reviews for The Host

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (39)

The acting, as well as Andrew Niccol's writing and direction, are all awful; I can't in good conscience recommend that anyone see this film.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Three bodies plus four minds is some fertile arithmetic, but The Host can't be bothered with the intellectual or kinky ramifications of its setup.

April 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The only reason I had any hope was the presence of Saoirse Ronan in the leading role...

April 2, 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 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[A] bizarre Saturday Night Live sketch about a girl with a bratty alien inside her.

March 29, 2013 | Rating: F

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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Host

Every once and awhile a film so bad that it makes you angry just to watch it. Made specifically for tween girls there's lot of mindless smoothing without rationale, after which our heroine slaps the guys for questioning her intent. Get that lobotomy before watching.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

After an alien species has taken over her' body, a girl resists her invader and joins a group of humans looking to overthrow the aliens. Convoluted and cliche, this film is uninspired in every way. The rival boys, a bland recasting of Jacob and Edward without all the sparkling personality, are indistinguishable in looks and character, and Melanie doesn't emerge as unique. The plot plods along predictably, and the characters remain undeveloped. William Hurt, the sole reason I sat through this film, delivers a fine performance. He can't be blamed, but it's sad that even in The Village he got a great monologue that served to be worthy of his talents but in this film there's not a single inspired moment. Overall, what will it take for all of us to agree that Stephanie Meyer sucks.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Had heard some pretty awful things about this movie, so I was a little reluctant to watch it. However I was on a 7 hour flight and had seen most of the other films of interest, so... Actually, I don't mind Twilight, so I wasn't put off by the Stephanie Meyer thing. It's a little long, and wooden in places, but I found this decent. I had read the book, and honestly, I couldn't even see how they would be able to make a film of it with much of it bring conflict between one body with two souls. Sairose does a good job considering. Good suspense sci fi with love triangle. Kept me interested.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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