Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 12 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 29, 2013
    To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 29, 2013
    It's really a dramatic sinkhole.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 28, 2013
    A long, tedious and often unintentionally hilarious adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi follow-up.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 28, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 28, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 28, 2013
    The film may as well be titled "Stephenie Meyer's Waiting Around."
  7. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 28, 2013
    Ronan, youthfully elegant as always, tries hard, but the material defeats her.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 28, 2013
    It’s a mushy and unsuspenseful melodrama.
  9. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Mar 28, 2013
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 28, 2013
    The story goes slack onscreen, so much so that the movie's two-plus hours will seem an eternity.
  11. Reviewed by: Curtis Woloschuk
    Apr 7, 2013
    Steven Spielberg famously retained his childhood sense of wonder. On this evidence, Meyer has maintained a nine-year-old's notion of titillating romance.
  12. Mar 28, 2013
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 46
  2. Negative: 18 out of 46
  1. Apr 3, 2013
    I really wanted to like this movie. Some of the effects are absolutely captivating, but the terrible acting and downright silliness of the plot take away from any of the positives. The original score is one of the better to come out of a sci-fi movie in recent memory, but the cliches (chrome plated everything, for example) destroy what could have been a decent film. Skip it, but get the music. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Twilight aside, please allow me to comment on the cinematic masterpiece that was The Host. The poignancy of this quality film stemmed from a script that allowed the characters to truly tap into a world of emotion far beyond human comprehension. Indeed, this movie is quite literally, "out of this world," as alien lifeforms--nay "souls," as they are called--take over all bipedal hominids. All bipedal hominids, that is, save for a group of hardy individuals called The Resistance. Though originally unable to accept Wanderer/Melanie as one of their own, they eventually [spoiler alert] learn to accept her as the lovable, alien-infested being that she is. The striking originality and angst-ridden drama of this film lended itself to a powerfully emotional experience that will remain with me for many a year to come.
    #love #this #movie
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  3. Mar 29, 2013
    This is not a bad movie despite the critics reviews. Saoirse Ronan acting in the film was great and the plot while not strong ended in a satisfying way.The portrail of the struggling Wanda and the occasionally funny Melanie helped when the movie got occasionally dull. Full Review »