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Generally favorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

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  • Summary: A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 16, 2014
    100
    A transcendent comic chiller, when The Guest's characters are in peril we actually care, and Wingard respectfully makes the kills clean and quick.
  2. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Oct 31, 2014
    88
    The filmmakers don't bother hammering home a backstory or explaining why David is crazy. They just throw us in the deep end and dazzle us with a series of violent encounters that ends with a deadly chase in a surreal fun house maze of mirrors.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 27, 2014
    80
    The Guest is blood-soaked action trash of a high grade.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sep 20, 2014
    80
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 13, 2014
    75
    David's perversity as a character is mostly disarming for how it illuminates the sadness with which a foe can so readily be confused for a savior.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    It's hellish good fun. Stevens is mesmerizing as the avenger, helping director Adam Wingard turn The Guest into a blast of wicked mirth and malice.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 9, 2014
    50
    Until it becomes completely demented, The Guest is a perfectly respectable thriller, and even when it stops being respectable — even when it goes off the rails and becomes ridiculous — it’s still entertaining.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. Jun 27, 2015
    10
    One of the most entertaining films of 2014, The Guest is 90 minutes of retro-thriller flashback, dazzling with a chilling Dan StevensOne of the most entertaining films of 2014, The Guest is 90 minutes of retro-thriller flashback, dazzling with a chilling Dan Stevens performance, incredibly well-thought-out cinematography, and an incredible campy, Drive-meets-Rambo atmospheric tone that's aided by a wonderful 80s' synth score. Great stuff. Expand
  2. Jan 13, 2015
    10
    The Guest is a fast, fun, action packed thriller and the final act is one of the best in recent years. Stylish, slick, well-acted, andThe Guest is a fast, fun, action packed thriller and the final act is one of the best in recent years. Stylish, slick, well-acted, and well-shot, you can tell that the filmmakers put a lot of heart into it. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    OK, so I just randomly stumbled upon this gem on a list of films that was not shown on the big screen this year in my country. And man, was IOK, so I just randomly stumbled upon this gem on a list of films that was not shown on the big screen this year in my country. And man, was I in for a surprise. I mean, this is truly one of the best movies that I have ever seen, and one that I will tell all my friends to watch. The tension and the unique atmosphere it builds is truly remarkable, the lead actor who I never even heard of before gave an astonishing performance. And don't even get me started on the soundtrack. Great movie, don't miss it! Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2015
    8
    surprisingly entertaining move. A throwback to 90s movies done very effectively. From the sound effects, to music, to be B plot. Reminds mesurprisingly entertaining move. A throwback to 90s movies done very effectively. From the sound effects, to music, to be B plot. Reminds me of Cold July, also an underrated movie. Expand
  5. Aug 2, 2015
    7
    The Guest is a seductive, enthralling thriller which feeds off of emotion and suspense. Dan Stevens, along with Maika Monroe, are well-castThe Guest is a seductive, enthralling thriller which feeds off of emotion and suspense. Dan Stevens, along with Maika Monroe, are well-cast and flourish. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2015
    7
    I just little bit confused after watching it, story is fine but ending of the movie is not much good, but i love dan stevens, he is soI just little bit confused after watching it, story is fine but ending of the movie is not much good, but i love dan stevens, he is so handsome and charming specially when he wears blue jacket: http://goo.gl/oYSNQ6 Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2015
    0
    Unwatchable. Succeeds neither as horror nor as camp. I don't know how on earth this movie ended up with a 76 on Metacritic, but then againUnwatchable. Succeeds neither as horror nor as camp. I don't know how on earth this movie ended up with a 76 on Metacritic, but then again we're the species that invented global warming, too. Expand

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