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The Guest Reviews

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August 14, 2017
Fueled entirely on [Dan] Stevens's charisma and its synthpop score, The Guest starts out intriguing until you realise the film and its protagonist are utterly vacant.
June 21, 2016
The Guest makes a strong case for Wingard as our next great action director.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 12, 2016
The kind of immediate pop artifact that's sure to keep many veteran filmmakers awake at night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2015
If The Guest were a colour it would be the neon blue of its title card: a little bit show-off, a little bit retro, but it'll definitely brighten your night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 20, 2015
...[Dan Stevens] plays wholesome, aloof, seductive, dangerous, psychotic... He nails every single beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
February 28, 2015
Barrett and Wingard are more about exploring the wish-fulfillment than getting into any deep psychological warfare. Still, the screenplay knows just when to create more menace and move on, and it escalates the craziness right up to the breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2015
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.
January 5, 2015
This 1980s-style movie has wickedly pleasing aplomb. As fantasy escapism, it's brave, colorful and entertaining for audiences who can handle substantial carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2015
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.
January 5, 2015
Wickedly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
January 5, 2015
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.
January 5, 2015
The ultimate genre movie love letter.
January 5, 2015
Dan Stevens puts Downton behind him to become a CIA-built killing machine laying low in a New Mexico small town, in Adam Wingard's bonkers new thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
While Stevens is the highlight the rest of the cast does entertaining work too including Lance Reddick and Joel David Moore in small roles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 5, 2015
Picture Commando as a psychological thriller. Imagine Halloween as a theme park ride. Think Drive as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
While the tone is uneven and the climax something of a disappointment, The Guest is a film that succeeds thanks to the audacious efforts of its writer and director and the talents of an excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
January 5, 2015
While you can practically hear Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett giggling with self-satisfaction from behind the camera, the ending feels like a shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2015
Enjoyable horror-lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2015
Stevens has a great ability to turn on the charm in one moment, then drop it and go deadly serious in the next, and the way you're never sure what's actually coming out of David is one of the film's pleasures.
| Original Score: A-
January 5, 2015
Shot in lurid colors and drizzled with a squelchy synthesizer score, Adam Wingard's bloody thriller is so enamored of John Carpenter it might as well be passing him mash notes in social studies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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