The Host (2007) Synopsis
South Koreans fall prey to a ravenous monster that crawled out of the Han River.
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San Francisco Chronicle

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

By V.A. Musetto
A fantastical genre-buster.
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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Caught off guard by the Host.

By Picholas D
I saw this film in a small room size theater in Virginia with my family. We went into this film blind with no idea of the plot or genre. I myself, based off the title, thought it was going to be a...


By lugubriousthespian
Forget about CLOVERLEAF or any of the regurgitated zombie flick of late - this Korean-born gem is nothing short of miraculous in the way it blends horror, comedy, drama, even touch of social satire!...

The Host Review

By rocketjsl357
this is one movie you really need to watch with subtitles ... the dubbed version of the movie is truly awful. One of the better great creature features today ... a few scary sequences, but the good...

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By Sezwee
The CGI or whatever creature effects they used for this film were perfect! I also really loved the comedic elements. I still find myself peering up at the undersides of bridges when I drive...

my the host review

By lord-o-movies
good movie the special effects sucked but it was a great monster movie...

Oh heck to the NO

By maureen18450

Intense, black comedy!!!

By Miyagiflow
The host is one of those rare like movies about family fighting against a creature from below. Funny and yet very inventive in the script writing!!!...

nothing like other monster movies

By Rafi
it's very unique and interesting... I'm going to see it again! it's more of drama than horror though...

Take it with a grain of salt

By GeoffPDX
We Americans have a tendency to not give films from other countries credit for being ironic. So when The Host opens with a very stilted scene in which an American officer orders a Korean underling to...

The Host!?!??!?!

By aceofspadt
While I will say that the creature in the host was one of the most realistic monsters I have seen, the movie itself lacked in actual volume of seeing said monster. I think the movie tried to...

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Rated R | For creature violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says South Korean creature feature is wild and witty.
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