Metascore
35

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: Roger Ebert
    Mar 27, 2013
    63
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 29, 2013
    38
    To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 29, 2013
    0
    It's really a dramatic sinkhole.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 28, 2013
    25
    A long, tedious and often unintentionally hilarious adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi follow-up.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 28, 2013
    38
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 28, 2013
    40
    Watch closely and you might even spy a better film inside, straining to break free.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 28, 2013
    63
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    Saoirse Ronan's talents are wasted on a foolish dual part in this dull sci-fi fantasy.
  9. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 28, 2013
    30
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 28, 2013
    60
    The Host gets bogged down in its “who’s kissing whom now?” dynamics, and it becomes all too easy to snicker at it.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 28, 2013
    25
    The film may as well be titled "Stephenie Meyer's Waiting Around."
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific.
  13. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 28, 2013
    25
    Ronan, youthfully elegant as always, tries hard, but the material defeats her.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 28, 2013
    37
    It’s a mushy and unsuspenseful melodrama.
  15. 50
    'Twilight' of the Body Snatchers, without much urgency or sexual heat.
  16. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 27, 2013
    40
    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.
  17. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 3, 2013
    40
    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.
  18. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Mar 28, 2013
    25
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 29, 2013
    40
    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."
  20. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 28, 2013
    30
    The story goes slack onscreen, so much so that the movie's two-plus hours will seem an eternity.
  21. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 28, 2013
    42
    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.
  22. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Mar 27, 2013
    58
    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.
  23. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 29, 2013
    50
    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.
  24. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Mar 26, 2013
    60
    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.
  25. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Mar 28, 2013
    63
    A silly, if fun, futuristic sci-fi romance.
  26. Reviewed by: Curtis Woloschuk
    Apr 7, 2013
    20
    Steven Spielberg famously retained his childhood sense of wonder. On this evidence, Meyer has maintained a nine-year-old's notion of titillating romance.
  27. Mar 28, 2013
    25
    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.
  28. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    Extravagantly silly but undeniably entertaining sci-fi soap opera.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 46
  2. Negative: 18 out of 46
  1. Apr 3, 2013
    4
    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
    10
    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
    8
    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 »