Aug 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 4, 2015
The Guest has a fine premise, but thanks to the sloppy execution, the full potential of the story is never realized.
Oct 31, 2014
Despite a delightfully creepy performance by Stevens, the script turns more conventional by sacrificing narrative coherence for generic self-aware bloodletting.
Oct 31, 2014
...a glorified straight-to-video actioner...
Oct 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.
Sep 16, 2014
Good for some cheap thrills, and will probably satisfy fans whose nostalgia it seeks to tweak, but I couldn't jibe with it.
Sep 9, 2014
'[C]inema is over, man, and there's nothing left but a death spiral of sarcastic self-reference reflecting and refracting around a dismal hall of movie mirrors and taunting us with the echoing emptiness our creatively bankrupt souls.'
Sep 4, 2014
Suddenly, we seem to be trapped in a cheap, corny rehash of B-movie cliches from the 1980s and you can't wait for it to slink away into a corner and disappear.
Sep 4, 2014
A set-up rich with metaphorical potential is squandered.