The Guest Reviews

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January 5, 2015
Wickedly entertaining.
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.
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.
January 5, 2015
Picture Commando as a psychological thriller. Imagine Halloween as a theme park ride. Think Drive as a comedy.
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.
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.
January 5, 2015
Enjoyable horror-lite.
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.
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.
January 5, 2015
It's all anchored by a magnetic lead performance from Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens.
November 24, 2014
Another top notch utterly fantastic genre entry from Adam Wingard that works hard to deliver audiences the unexpected.
October 31, 2014
Absurd and stupid but fabulously entertaining, crafted with steadfast commitment to seeing that stupidity through to its conclusion.
October 31, 2014
The Guest borrows from other genre pictures with such intelligence and clarity of purpose, it manages to feel fresh, exciting.
October 30, 2014
In a just world, this small but handsome film would turn [Dan Stevens] into a full-blown movie star.
October 17, 2014
The pleasures of The Guest lie mainly in anticipating how the next expected corner will be turned.
October 16, 2014
Nothing can stop the wicked smoulder of Stevens, who makes a smile seem like a weapon of mass destruction.
October 16, 2014
Even when the pieces of this puzzle don't quite mesh, the result is consistently surprising.
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.
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