The Guest (2014)
Critic Consensus: Boasting enough intelligence to bolster its darkly violent thrills, The Guest offers another treat for genre fans from director Adam Wingard.
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One of the many pleasures of director Adam Wingard's tough, fun thriller "The Guest" is seeing Matthew Crawley -- er, British actor Dan Stevens -- serve up a mesmerizing star turn of psycho charm.
A slow-burn approach seems to pose a challenging change-up for the filmmakers, who struggle to build tension as the second acts stretches well past the point when the level of menace should be escalating.
It's not a particularly brilliant conceit, but, not unlike Stevens's beautifully one-note performance, it's evocative nevertheless -- lending the whole movie an aura of pop inevitability, turning its blunt predictability into something of a virtue.
The Guest borrows from other genre pictures with such intelligence and clarity of purpose, it manages to feel fresh, exciting.
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Thrilling, well constructed and well paced, this excellent blend of 1980s thriller, horror and action film has Dan Stevens at his most enticing and delivers everything it sets out to, with an amazing direction, an awesome retro soundtrack and a stylish climax that made me laugh in joy.
Cheapie that is all over the place. Dan Stevens does the psycho bit well but this is eminently missable.
Idiotic. It has potential but it was too vague as to motive and the action scenes were ridiculous. Don't even get me started on the ending.
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