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The Host

(2007)

Rated R for creature violence and language.

R In Theaters 03/9/2007 , 119min.
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The Hollywood Reporter
Bong has pulled together a multilayered horror-drama that works more often than not. The film gets back on track after a clumsy middle section that's too long and finishes strong, and Bong fans, horror fans and Asiaphiles are likely to be thoroughly satisfied. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Slate
The movie pops up out of nowhere, grabs you in its big, messy tentacles, and drags you down into murky depths, where social satire coexists with slapstick, and B-movie clichés mutate into complex metaphors. Full Review
Derek Elley
Variety
On almost every level, there's never quite been a monster movie like The Host. Egregiously subverting its own genre while still delivering shocks at a pure genre level, and marbled with straight-faced character humor that constantly throws the viewer off balance. Full Review
Elizabeth Kerr
The Hollywood Reporter
Bong has pulled together a multilayered horror-drama that works more often than not. The film gets back on track after a clumsy middle section that's too long and finishes strong, and Bong fans, horror fans and Asiaphiles are likely to be thoroughly satisfied. Full Review

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