The Guest Reviews

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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.
January 5, 2015
Enjoyable horror-lite.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
September 18, 2014
Dumb fun is rarely this smartly delivered.
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