The Perfect Host

A fugitive on the lam decides to crash a dinner party. But he seriously regrets it when the mysterious and unusual host soon has him convinced that he would have been better off hiding somewhere else. David Hyde Pierce plays the memorable Warwick Wilson; Nathaniel Parker, Clayne Crawford and Helen Reddy also star in this thriller from first-time feature writer-director Nick Tomnay.
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Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 36%
Critics' score: 36   Audience score: 57   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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. full review

John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host." full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

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. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

The dialogue is witty and spiked with delicious malice. At least it is when Pierce delivers it. It won't spoil the plot to say that he is pricelessly good at taking you places you don't see coming. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The heart of the film is a one-joke fizzler, leaving DHP to sashay, role-play, carry on one-sided conversations, and disco-dance on the table with just the right amount of lizardy, half-lidded sangfroid. full review

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

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

Rex Reed, New York Observer

A familiar horror/suspense trope -- criminals choose the wrong hideout, discover twisted residents more dangerous than cops -- gets entertainingly respun in The Perfect Host. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety

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

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Available From: Sep 30, 2011
  • Queued by: 1161 people
Directed By
Nick Tomnay
David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Helen Reddy, Megahn Perry, Joseph Will, Tyrees Allen, Cooper Barnes, Annie Campbell

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