The Perfect Host
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Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce)is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) is a career criminal. He's just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick's doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who's been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be. The Perfect Host is a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Around every corner is a new twist, a strategically placed misdirection or another switch of predator and prey. But while the gamesmanship is satisfying in moderation, it becomes a little monotonous in excess."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host.""
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"This is not the type of movie whose inherent dopiness angers or frustrates. You just sort of giggle at the kids having fun."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The Perfect Host is a welcome sherbet between the many more weighty films currently playing."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Very clever and highly enjoyable."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host manages to take a rather simple premise and do something rather inventive and refreshing with it."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"It's a film, not a play, and it doesn't work."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The actors give invested performances, but The Perfect Host's story twists reveal it to be a bullsh-t head feint exercise designed from the ground up as merely a collection of goosing scenes."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"The less one knows about this perverse thriller from debuting director Nick Tomnay the better; a full appreciation of its delights lies in its revelations."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"Not even Mr. Pierce's best efforts can make sense of a character who by the end of the film seems to be a completely different person with the same name."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The plot isn't believable, but it sure is fun. It skewers expectations and has a lot of unexpected turns."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Suffers for being too clever and convoluted despite being so witty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though this 'Host' is far from perfect, it does offer incidental pleasures--not least Pierce's exuberant turn."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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