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  • Summary: Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be. With outstanding performances by David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford, cowriter/director Nick Tomnay takes us on a suspense-filled ride where nothing is as it seems. The Perfect Host is a slippery psychological thriller that exposes true human nature and reveals just how far we’re willing to go to satisfy our needs. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jun 26, 2011
    70
    Tomnay skillfully shifts the film's initial tone from suspense to dark comedy so that the transition never feels forced.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 30, 2011
    67
    It's best enjoyed as a crackling performance piece.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 30, 2011
    63
    The dialogue is witty and spiked with delicious malice. At least it is when Pierce delivers it.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Jun 26, 2011
    50
    Pierce delivers everything the role requires except serious menace, while the less-seasoned Crawford improves as his handsome face bares more of the evening's scars.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller The Perfect Host.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    First-timer Nick Tomnay has expanded his movie from a short, and the point where he ran out of ideas looms like a cliff edge.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 26, 2011
    25
    This is bargain-basement moviemaking, and looks it. Here's wishing Mr. Pierce a vigorous movie career, and better luck next time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. CBZ
    Oct 15, 2011
    8
    This is a very interesting movie, that doesn't follow all the clichés and keeps the audience interested until the end. I really enjoyed it since it has no boring parts, you never know whats coming in the next scene. Expand
  2. Oct 8, 2011
    7
    Let's face it, most movies today, the vast majority, use standard story telling techniques and cliche's to tell their similar stories, but it was refreshing to see a "ride" come back to a modern movie. Yes I thought about the two or three twists that may come and was right in two of them, but it was unravelled in a playful way, which was very refreshing and original for a thriller. I really enjoyed David Hyde-Pierce in this film, and hope we see a lot more of him in the future. The movie opens in a great way, setting the tone of a heist, action and drops it nicely into a "stage play" format. I loved it. Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    6
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