The Guest Reviews

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October 10, 2014
It feels like a throwback of sorts, a new movie reminiscent of John Carpenter's twisted work from the 1980s, including the diabolical electro-synth score.
October 10, 2014
A worthy heir to the horror traditions John Carpenter and Joseph Ruben, whose 'The Stepfather' provided the template for this story in which a figure who should be worthy of trust insinuates his way into an all-American family with deadly consequences.
October 10, 2014
A horror movie that pokes fun at itself and still gets the job done.
October 8, 2014
The Guest is what might happen if John Carpenter made a Halloween movie in which Michael Myers takes off his mask and turns out to be a pretty cool guy.
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 25, 2014
With The Guest, Wingard and Barrett have once more upped the ante for the indie horror flick pack.
September 24, 2014
Director Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (the team that brought us You're Next) created a horror film that's brutally vicious yet has a flair for fun.
September 23, 2014
In some respects, "The Guest" resembles Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt." Instead of an uncle-niece relationship, you have a fully grown daughter crushing on an army buddy of her late brother.
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
Wingard creates a story out of fascinating, prickly human interactions. The movie has its share of crazy thrills, but it's the characters that really make it work.
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.
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.
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.
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
Buffed and beefed-up Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens instantly steps into the A-minus casting arena for his relatively complex, layered performance as a mysterious drifter who claims to be an ex-soldier named David.
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.
September 18, 2014
For much of its running time, "The Guest" plays an interesting guessing game with the audience.
September 18, 2014
Dumb fun is rarely this smartly delivered.
September 17, 2014
A Grade-A, self-aware homage to cult cinema ... For genre nuts, this can't be recommended enough.
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