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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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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.
 
Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
 
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  full review
 
What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host."
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
 
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  full review
 
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.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
 
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.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
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.
Michael Atkinson, Village Voice  full review
 
This is bargain-basement moviemaking, and looks it. Here's wishing Mr. Pierce a vigorous movie career, and better luck next time.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
 
A familiar horror/suspense trope -- criminals choose the wrong hideout, discover twisted residents more dangerous than cops -- gets entertainingly respun in The Perfect Host.
Dennis Harvey, Variety  full review
 
Tomnay skillfully shifts the film's initial tone from suspense to dark comedy so that the transition never feels forced.
Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter  full review
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Available From: Sep 30, 2011
  • Queued by: 1197 people
Directed By
Nick Tomnay
Cast
David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Helen Reddy, Megahn Perry, Joseph Will, Tyrees Allen, Cooper Barnes, Annie Campbell
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