The Wedding Guest Reviews

July 19, 2019
The performances are perfectly solid and it always runs smoothly, but the film itself seems to take its leave of us with a shrug.
March 15, 2019
Dev Patel is uncharacteristically icy and mournful as a hired kidnapper in "The Wedding Guest," but there's little in this flat thriller to warrant accepting its invitation.
March 12, 2019
"The Wedding Guest" is a thriller without thrills.
March 8, 2019
There's too much of a sense of "missed opportunity" here.
March 8, 2019
Like the best noirs, "The Wedding Guest" is an efficient crime thriller that clocks in at around 90 minutes. It's a B movie with style - the stuff that dreams are made of.
March 6, 2019
[A] satisfyingly unpredictable meditation on female agency, in a culture in which women are too often treated as a man's possession.
March 6, 2019
[Winterbottom] has a great feeling for atmosphere, with lots of bustling street scenes and seedy hotel rooms, but it never translates to anything close to excitement.
March 2, 2019
It's all quite gorgeous, and surprisingly moving. The Wedding Guest shows just how much you can do with a wisp of a story and a whole lot of cinematic vision.
March 1, 2019
What's lacking is personality from the human characters, which is a serious failing...
March 1, 2019
Guest barely bothers to meet the traditional wham-bam metrics of the genre. But as an intriguing, impressionistic wisp of a story, its mood and colors linger on the screen.
March 1, 2019
Patel, who also served as a producer on the film, may be looking into graduating from playing stock supporting characters and into more challenging lead roles. The Wedding Guest makes a very compelling case for a promotion.
Top Critic
February 28, 2019
Nothing ever happens, and the two leads have the chemistry of olive oil and water.
February 28, 2019
The scenery, nicely shot by Giles Nuttgens and covering a wide swath of the country - Amritsar, New Delhi, Jaipur and Goa - is always great, and Patel and Apte's chemistry approaches scalding levels as their characters grow closer.
February 28, 2019
Apte's character stays largely an enigma throughout, but her palpable frustration with the men and culture around her - plus the chance to vicariously visit Goa, that jewel of an Indian seaside getaway - makes "The Wedding Guest" worth an RSVP.
February 27, 2019
The story of a kidnapping gone slightly wrong, Michael Winterbottom's latest film is a low, slow boil with no real surprises and an ending that will elicit a "That's it?"
February 27, 2019
As a spare and sexy thriller, Michael Winterbottom's "The Wedding Guest" is far too undercooked; there's little flavor, and even less to chew on.
February 27, 2019
The Wedding Guest might end on a flat note, but there are much worse ways a film can go off the rails than transforming into a glorified tour through India.
February 26, 2019
So "The Wedding Guest" might not completely work as a thriller or a satisfying rom-com, but for anyone missing India or planning to go, it's a film worth getting lost in.
September 10, 2018
The director's original screenplay feels like a rough draft and the characters' attitudes are almost constantly sour.