A crook on the run cons his way into a dinner party whose host is anything but ordinary.
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" This is bargain-basement moviemaking, and looks it. Here's wishing Mr. Pierce a vigorous movie career, and better luck next time. "
" A familiar horror/suspense trope -- criminals choose the wrong hideout, discover twisted residents more dangerous than cops -- gets entertainingly respun in The Perfect Host. "
" Tomnay skillfully shifts the film's initial tone from suspense to dark comedy so that the transition never feels forced. "
" What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host." "
" Tomnay needlessly convolutes what should have been a taut, focused two-hander with flashbacks, alternate realities and too-clever-by-half reversals. "
" 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. "
" Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments. "
" 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. "
" Ultimately breaks down under the weight of too many characters and unbelievable twists. "
" 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. "
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