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  • Summary: Utilizing state-of-the-art special effects, The Host is both a creature-feature thrill ride and a poignant human drama. (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Director: Joon-ho Bong
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 119 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.
  2. 100
    The mix of dark humor, creeping suspense, and a sort of apocalyptic tenderness makes this the best horror flick in years.
  3. 90
    With a subversive streak as wide as the Han and a title open to interpretation, The Host confounds our expectations while providing top-notch entertainment. For Bong, the monster movie is an ample vessel, one that he can fill with social criticism while discovering exuberant amusement in the process.
  4. The first 20 minutes of the South Korean film The Host represents one of the most entertaining movie openings in memory. It's the same kind of pop-culture thrill provided by Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," with the same sense of astonishment, fear and pleasure at something genuinely new.
  5. 88
    Boon's film is both funny and heartbreaking, a supremely confident mix of political satire, free-floating paranoia, fractured family dynamics and the kind of comedy that regularly reconfigures itself into tragedy.
  6. 80
    The Host is a miracle of breathless play with form and tone that also seethes with attitude and ideas, from pure movie love to pointed sociopolitical commentary to a bleak existentialism about the inherent cruelty of our world.
  7. 58
    In "Jaws," you didn't know whether to laugh or to scream. In The Host, the yocks rarely mesh with the yucks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 102
  2. Negative: 39 out of 102
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    10
    This movie takes a tired genre and makes it fresh again.The Host has a assort met off genre all mixed together but the main one is the giant monster genre though,This movie is a satire/dramedy/horror/movie monster/thriller and suspense.The acting in this film is amazing every actor feels right for the role in the get go, storyline isn't weak either it's start out simple than turns into a suspense thriller.The Special effects even though it might look not all that good but it works.Great epic story of how a overly worried problem helps a family come together for once. Expand
  2. May 3, 2013
    9
    The Host is thrilling and scary for what is it going to do. Well what the monster is going to do to the place. O-O Amazing and Enjoyable The Host is the perfect thrilling pondering movie of intense. Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2014
    9
    Amo veramente questo regista, anche in un moster movie riesce a tenere acceso il cervello. Regia e fotografia impeccabile, ottimo ritmo, bravissimi attori. Si riescono anche ad affrontare molte tematiche come la stupidità dei governi, la costante presente dell'esercito americano, l'inquinamento e molti altri. Un bellissimo film per un regista che comincia anche a farsi conoscere, FINALMENTE, anche in occidente. Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2011
    5
    Franchement, je ne sais pas quoi penser de ce film. Pour sûr, il se démarque des banals films de monstre. En effet, le réalisateur a compris le véritable sens de ce genre de long-métrage, à savoir, critiquer à travers quelque chose de divertissant pour le jeune public. Et des enjeux politiques sur la Corée du Sud par rapport à la présence des troupes américaines, il y en a! Mais le problème, c'est que The Host n'a rien d'un divertissement quelconque. De ce fait, il fait fuir les adeptes du genre (souvent des adolescents) à cause de sa mise en scène vraiment spéciale et de sa bande son inadéquate. Reste des effets numériques plutôt satisfaisants pour un tel film (11 millions de dollars de budget) et des acteurs pas si mauvais. Mais à jouer avec la mise en scène en nous faisant oublier qu'il s'agit d'un film de monstre, le réalisateur perd franchement de son public. L'ennuie ne pointe pas le bout de son nez. Juste l'étonnement... Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2013
    5
    'The Host' is a bad work of terror. It's entertaining but it's depressing to see all these pictures "dramatic". The monster is very poorly made ​​computer. Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2011
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is often difficult to identify with foreign films as we don't "get" the inside stuff. This film was done throughout the 1950's on small budgets. Yet there were believable monsters or forces and the characters dealt with them almost the way we think we would have. There also were many "monster" films that spent no attention to detail, poorly developed characters, inept dialogue, and maybe a political statement or some pathos thrown in. We have the latter here.
    The acting is at times silly and then serious. Why does the monster kidnap people? A snack later? And the bad government including the U.S. made to look inept. If the film takes place in the present there is technology that could have easily found the monster and destroyed it. Oh yeah, couldn't because of the virus.
    Why critics have chosen to heap praise on this is beyond my understanding. It seems like the makers of the film tried but it just doesn't play to American sensibilities. I fast forwarded through most of it. Not impressed with the monster or the humans. But maybe that's just my American perspective. It got raves in Korea. For these reasons I rate it a U for unratable or maybe unwatchable. You want to see a good foreign monster movie, try Big Man Japan.
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  7. Apr 29, 2014
    0
    One of the worst films I have ever seen. Not believable or thrilling in the least. The acting is so bad that it nixes the possibility of any suspension of disbelief. The film has no consistent tone and the characters are utterly ridiculous. Expand

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