Owen Gleiberman
July 06, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Perfect Host

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/01/11
performer
Clayne Crawford, David Hyde Pierce, Nathaniel Parker
director
Nick Tomnay
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
author
Nick Tomnay
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C+

Wounded and searching for a hideout, a bank robber (the volatile Clayne Crawford) talks his way into the home of a kinky, persnickety L.A. fop (David Hyde Pierce) about to give a dinner party. For a while, the movie has a cat-and-mouse appeal — it’s like Hard Candy crossed with a smaller-scale Deathtrap. 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. The outré twists just pile up from there. C+

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