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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.
A silly, if fun, futuristic sci-fi romance.
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.
The Host gets bogged down in its “who's kissing whom now?” dynamics, and it becomes all too easy to snicker at it.
There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific.
'Twilight' of the Body Snatchers, without much urgency or sexual heat.
Saoirse Ronan's talents are wasted on a foolish dual part in this dull sci-fi fantasy.
Watch closely and you might even spy a better film inside, straining to break free.
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.
To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.
It's really a dramatic sinkhole.

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