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The Guest Reviews

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
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.
October 31, 2014
The Guest borrows from other genre pictures with such intelligence and clarity of purpose, it manages to feel fresh, exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2014
The pleasures of The Guest lie mainly in anticipating how the next expected corner will be turned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2014
Nothing can stop the wicked smoulder of Stevens, who makes a smile seem like a weapon of mass destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2014
The Guest ravels smartly; and, after too many herky-jerky entries in the faux-found-footage subgenre, it's nice to see a scare film with a pearly visual style, which gives the enterprise the patina of both elegance and plausibility.
October 9, 2014
"The Guest" remains watchable through the finish, but all pretense that this is some kind of attempt at a good movie goes out the window after the first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2014
The director Adam Wingard joins the ranks of the current masters of unease with this suspenseful horror tale.
September 26, 2014
The crazier the movie gets, the better it is -- the climax is set in a homemade fun house complete with billowing artificial fog, and it works first as comedy, then as mild suspense, and, finally, as surprise.
September 22, 2014
The Guest isn't here to deliver an earnest social message about the state of veterans' affairs. Instead, the way good horror movies do, it channels our collective fear, guilt, and rage by creating a monster.
September 19, 2014
Dan Stevens is mesmerizing as the avenger, helping director Adam Wingard turn The Guest into a blast of wicked mirth and malice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2014
The Guest transcends the genre with characters who could have come out of a more serious movie. When they're in peril, we actually care.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 18, 2014
To note that "The Guest" is not for everyone is to belabor the obvious. But for fans of smart, well-made horror, it's a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2014
That's a familiar setup, but Barrett and Wingard take it in one unexpected direction after another, displaying obvious pleasure in their mad dash to keep topping themselves.
September 18, 2014
An '80s style action thriller that turns out to be more suspenseful and keenly plotted than most, with a compelling centerpiece performance by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) that deserves attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2014
For much of its running time, "The Guest" plays an interesting guessing game with the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
September 18, 2014
Dumb fun is rarely this smartly delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 17, 2014
The opening locates us easily and confidently in space, time, mood, and genre. "The Guest" delivers on that initial promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2014
Yes, it's all just a regurgitation of murder machine tropes - right up to the very end shot - but as regurgitations go, "The Guest" is fine, sick fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 16, 2014
I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and if you've been lamenting the dearth of violent genre movies that don't assume the audience to be morons, you will too.
September 16, 2014
Together with the writer Simon Barrett, whose canny scripts flip and swerve at unexpected moments, Mr. Wingard is building a résumé that pays at least as much attention to character and story as it does to scares and body count.
September 16, 2014
Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett have fashioned a sly, entertaining tip of the hat to '70s-era John Carpenter films that also works on its own terms as crafty popcorn entertainment that never devolves into parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2014
Completely ridiculous. And entertaining as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 12, 2014
The coat of irony helps when the film takes a major pivot in tone, and Stevens is unnervingly placid as the corn-fed terminator.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 3, 2014
An effectively bloody, breakneck ride, given an extra coat of alluring gloss by the John Carpenter-influenced 1980s styling that is currently all the rage in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2014
Wingard wreaks havoc on another nuclear family in this giddily violent treat for genre fans.