100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Bong Joon-ho's wildly entertaining saga should become the hip, thinking-person's monster movie of choice.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A fantastical genre-buster.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Mostly, though, it's "Godzilla" with a severe case of Murphy's Law, and it is never less than bizarrely delightful.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A wonderful, witty mix of horror and social satire, The Host takes its simple, time-tested premise - menacing creature terrorizes the populace - and runs with it.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Is it that scary? Yes. Will it reduce you to quivering jelly? Oh, my, yes! Does it bust the bonds of the Godzilla formula to fuse fright with feeling? Better believe it, dudes.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The tone of The Host is slippery in the best way; you're never sure if you're in for a joke or a shock, yet nothing feels random.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Bong's primary point is dead-on: Battling bureaucracy, from dishonest government leaders to indifferent civil servants, is the biggest horror of all.
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70

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.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.