James Jay Edwards of FilmFracture wrote:
"'The Host' tries really hard to be a legitimate science fiction film. Meyer's novel was adapted for the screen and directed by Andrew Niccol, who has an impressive sci-fi resume that includes 'Gattaca' and 'In Time'. It has a lot of nifty little visual effects that, while not overly impressive, give the film a high-tech gloss. Unfortunately, 'The Host' is a drag to watch. It's just corny, and not even to the point of being campy with unintentional humor; it's just a bore."