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.
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.
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
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.
October 6, 2014
The director Adam Wingard joins the ranks of the current masters of unease with this suspenseful horror tale.