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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The dialogue is witty and spiked with delicious malice. At least it is when Pierce delivers it. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Some of the shocks are way too broad, and the enclosed perspective suggests the material would better suit a play. But Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Tomnay skillfully shifts the film's initial tone from suspense to dark comedy so that the transition never feels forced. show more

  • 65
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    You'll have to hang on to something to get through the hairpins in The Perfect Host, a chamber piece hostage thriller black comedy undone less by its twists than by the stretches of bad road between them. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists. show more

  • 38
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    Although it fancies itself as rigidly complex as a well-played chess match, Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host is really a game without any rules, one where characters and situations exist in total thrall of the next shocking twist. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    This is bargain-basement moviemaking, and looks it. Here's wishing Mr. Pierce a vigorous movie career, and better luck next time. show more

  • 50
    Mark Keizer Boxoffice Magazine

    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. show more

  • 40
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Writer-director Nick Tomnay needlessly convolutes what should have been a taut, focused two-hander with flashbacks, alternate realities and too-clever-by-half reversals. show more

  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    For a while, the movie has a cat-and-mouse appeal - it's like "Hard Candy" crossed with a smaller-scale "Deathtrap." Pierce acts with an enjoyably testy flamboyance, but by the time he starts to imagine that his guests have arrived even though dinner's been canceled, the film has given him one loose screw too many. show more

  • August 24, 2012 Opague Bottle
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    Way too good - totally underrated. David Hyde Pierce - nobody could have delivered Warrick\'s character like he did - exceptional. It was good to see Helen Reddy. Getting back to Pierce - the whole movie was worth just to watch his performance. The dark comedy erupted right when you were prepared to cover your eyes and brace yourself for gore. It was a masterpiece of a psychological thriller and totally unsuspected. Loved it.

  • August 30, 2011 paulnprovidence
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    I have no Idea why the critcs only gave this 2 stars. I\'m a movie buff and this was a very good movie. It had twists and turns and kept you interested. I highly recommend this one!!!

  • June 05, 2011 Angel
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