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The Host

ages 14+ | 60% Say It's Worth Your Time

Earth has been colonized by the Souls, an alien race that wipes out the minds of humans and turns their bodies into hosts for interstellar travelers. Most of mankind has been eradicated, but some, like Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) and her family, have survived and are hiding. Melanie is captured by a Seeker and has a Soul named Wanderer implanted in her body, but she refuses to relinquish control. When Wanderer betrays her people to save Melanie, the Seeker sets out in relentless pursuit.


Runtime: 2 hr 5 min

Genre: Science fiction

Director: Andrew Niccol

Cast: William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons

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Rated PG-13 Violence|Some Sensuality

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  • Clearplay clearplay.com

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    n case you’re wondering, The Host is based on a book by Stephanie Meyer of Twilight fame / infamy. The film has been described as a sci–fi chick flick, which is an apt description. While conceptually interesting, there isn’t enough sci–fi here to keep sci–fi fans interested. On the romance side, if all you need is a young woman being mooned over by two good looking slabs of meat with no personality whatsoever (sound familiar?), then The Host will give you what you are looking for. The book is probably better... See Full Review

    November 22nd, 2013 · Details
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  • stolman (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Ok, my wife read this book and hence wanted to see the movie. I have endured all of the twilight movies with her and so was pretty down on this movie. Well, compared to the Twilight movies this is a master piece, but really it is pretty good. The main actors are so much better when it comes to acting and the story line is pretty interesting thought rehashed with alien body snatchers theme. I actually enjoyed this film.

    April 9th, 2013 · Details
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  • jwarkentin (Male)

    ages 12+ | Not Worth Your Time

    There were definitely parts about the movie I enjoyed, but overall it was pretty boring. There was so much lost potential. There were a number of missed opportunities to introduce excitement and action. By the end it was just dragging. The "souls" were reminiscent of the goa'uld from Startgate. I liked that. I just feel like there could have been so much more plot and character development.

    I think the message in the end was good and uplifting. I'm just glad I didn't pay more than matinee price to see it.

    ** SPOILER ALERT **

    The first major missed opportunity for development and action was when the helicopter was flying over and they were rushing to turn the mirrors to avoid being discovered. If the seekers had pushed the issue and discovered their hiding place it would have made for a more interesting and action filled story.

    Next, I thought something might happen when they went out for food at the supermarket; but there was nothing.

    Finally, I thought it was a huge missed opportunity to introduce some excitement and keep people on the edge of their seats when Wanda went to the hospital to get medicine for Melanie's younger brother. I thought, surely they would be discovered and there would be a struggle to get back with the medicine in time to help him; but again, nothing.

    April 4th, 2013 · Details
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  • randybgunn

    ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I did not like this movie. The biggest struggle I had with this was the internal struggle (i.e. talking with herself) of the main character. I'm not sure how this could have been portrayed any better in the film but I wasn't impressed. It is a clean film for the most part other than some violence. I thought it wasn't acted well and was difficult to follow.

    September 12th, 2013 · Details
  • MormonMovieCritic (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Another (and far better) adaptation of another and far better Stephanie Meyer book. It's a very interesting story about humanity and the souls. The casting of mostly unknowns was perfect! The acting decent and the storyline engaging.
    You will love it if you read the book, and at least find it interesting if you haven't.
    Definitely not for families or even teens (as sex is implied), but a great date movie if your going for something other than a chick flick.

    August 9th, 2013 · Details
  • ninerneale (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Good movie it is neat to follow the characters through there sort of love triangle.

    August 1st, 2013 · Details
  • bendywhatler

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Another (and far better) adaptation of another and far better Stephanie Meyer book. It's a very interesting story about humanity and the souls. The casting of mostly unknowns was perfect! The acting decent and the storyline engaging.
    You will love it if you read the book, and at least find it interesting if you haven't.
    Definitely not for families or even teens (as sex is implied), but a great date movie if your going for something other than a chick flick.

    July 27th, 2013 · Details
  • jimy.oliver (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Nice one

    April 30th, 2013 · Details
  • fur0n (Male)

    ages 11+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This movie was predictable right to the very end. if you were to see just the first ten minutes of the movie, you could guess the next 2 hours of it and end up being right. I haven't read the book but if the movie sucked then I wouldn't have much hope in the book being any good!

    April 18th, 2013 · Details
  • dailyheraldmovies (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Blah. The book was fun and imaginative. The movie has great visuals, and some solid performances, but doesn't really convey the urgency/suspense of the book.

    April 16th, 2013 · Details
  • cgla (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This may or may not be a great movie for those who have not read the book, but for those of us who have, it was a pretty good portrayal of the whole situation, and I enjoyed it a lot.

    April 12th, 2013 · Details
  • MovieGuide MovieGuide.org

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    THE HOST is a chick-flick science fiction movie about alien creatures calling themselves “souls” who are trying to take over the brains and minds of all the humans on Earth. THE HOST is very entertaining to watch... See Full Review

    April 12th, 2013 · Details
  • ebell (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    GREAT movie. Loved the book first, and I thought this was a great translation from book to film. Only three minor problems...two lines delivered with a little bit of a "cheesy" air and one line from the book not included that I had been looking forward to. All in all, a great performance from these promising new actors. One scene of intense sensuality and another scene strongly suggests sex. Violence, murder, adult subject matter.

    April 11th, 2013 · Details
  • Mystygirl (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    As a fan of this book I was concerned about how it would translate into a movie and they did quite well. There was no sexual content, no or very little swearing and no nudity. There was violence and one particularly graphic scene involving a shooting. The plot was amazing and while they tended to lean toward the 'love story' rather than the actual story it was entertaining.

    April 8th, 2013 · Details
  • tiffertootiny (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Having never read the book, I had zero expectations. It was a cool concept, but could have been a little longer for some more character development. Overall, I liked it, it made me tear up a little with the decisions the two characters had to make.

    April 5th, 2013 · Details
  • DoveFoundation Dove Foundation

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    With fine performances all around and an intelligently written script which focuses on the theme of love and kindness being two of the world's most powerful forces, it is to be commended. The cinematography, especially of the desert scenes, is awesome. However, due to the content listing as previously mentioned, we cannot award the movie our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal... See Full Review

    April 5th, 2013 · Details
  • OwenGleiberman (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    The Host starts pretending to be an otherworldly romantic thriller. But it's really a dramatic sinkhole... See Full Review

    April 4th, 2013 · Details
  • samsara3 (Female)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    pretty cheesy and not much character development

    April 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • JohnMulderig (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Derived from a novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, the ponderous, dramatically inept science fiction tale "The Host" (Open Road) is clearly aimed at teen viewers. But the murky circumstances of its central love affair make it too morally obscure for most adolescents... See Full Review

    March 29th, 2013 · Details
  • RogerMoore (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    ...makes for a meandering, misshapen film where Big Ideas stolen from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” fail to ignite because the sparks are smothered in tedium, the romance drowned out by all the arguing going on in that confused girl’s head... See Full Review

    March 29th, 2013 · Details
  • NellMinow (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 12+ | Not Worth Your Time

    The author of the Twilight series was showing signs of running out of ideas around the middle of the second volume, and this latest story shows more evidence of the pressure of producing a new series than anything approaching inspiration. Howlers that can slide by in print are impossible to ignore in a thuddingly dumb story of an alien takeover and the girl who is able to hold onto her own consciousness as the “host” of glowing millipede from outer space... See Full Review

    March 28th, 2013 · Details
  • ClaudiaPuig (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Like Twilight, the action is slowed by too many dull-eyed stares meant to be smoldering. A bigger problem is that the aliens are an exceedingly pleasant bunch who have rid the world of its problems. What's not to like? The human rebellion comes off like a bunch of hillbillies angry for no justifiable reason... See Full Review

    March 28th, 2013 · Details
  • RogerEbert (Male) Chicago Sun-Times Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The movie is so consistently pitched at the same note, indeed, that the structure robs it of possibilities for dramatic tension... See Full Review

    March 28th, 2013 · Details

Okfor ages12+