The Host
The Host (2007)

When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As populace pleasing as it is intellectually satisfying, The Host combines scares, laughs, and satire into a riveting, monster movie.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

As ebullient and bizarre as a monster that can do back flips, leaving the viewer in a shock of delight.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Rarely plays out the way you expect. Director Bong is careful to deliver the promised scares, but he is also willing to overlook plot formulas to explore his own interests.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Imagine, if you will, the great white shark from Jaws clambering out of the water and attacking people on land, and you'll have some sense of what makes Bong Joon-ho's film The Host so terrifying.

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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times

A horror thriller, a political satire, a dysfunctional family comedy, and a touching melodrama, Bong Joon-ho's The Host is also one helluva monster movie.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Maybe this is actually a treatise on the dissonance between East and West, science and nature, promise and tragedy. Nah. It's just a dumb, crappy horror movie that wants to be celebrated as such.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Joon-ho Bong's The Host is a very different kettle of mutated fish.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Bravely shifting tones from the horrific to the slapstick and back again, Bong Joon-ho has made a movie that's comprised almost equally of family sitcom, political indictment, high-urban paranoia and maximum-geek, monster-movie delight.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The film's limber and inventive director Joon-ho Bong keeps The Host creeping and leaping for its entire two hours, which are filled with incident after incident, alternately terrifying, ridiculous, suspenseful and wry.

Nick Rogers

A livid bureaucratic satire, berserk creature feature and surprisingly somber drama, "The Host" is a convulsive, wild ride - simultaneously eliciting squirms and giggles by mashing up finger-pointing anger with "The Thing's" wiseass wickedness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This was a top notch monster movie and even though the dubbing was pretty bad and it more than likely added to the confusion it was a pretty solid thrill ride.
Alex roy
Not since the original Godzilla film has a monster movie been so great. The Host is a standout monster horror film that is superbly acted and directed. This is… More
Kevin M. Williams
There's a monster loose in Seoul, Korea. Interestingly, as Godzilla was the result of Westerners' atomic bomb/racist inclinations in Japan, so too… More
Liam Gadd
Just....awesome! A great monster film with its own subtle sense of humour to it. Bong Joon-Ho's direction is superb, which shows in the way he directs some… More
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Melvin White
The Host is at times very odd. But overall it is a fun and entertaining creature feature. It belongs to a genre where it is easy to fail miserably. The Host… More