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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.
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: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. 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
  2. Nov 14, 2014
    10
    Adam Wingard showed his basic talents in "V/H/S", got stronger with "You're Next", and now he is an acclaimed director among all critics forAdam Wingard showed his basic talents in "V/H/S", got stronger with "You're Next", and now he is an acclaimed director among all critics for "The Guest", starring Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe and the 70's, because if there is anything that brings the vibes of the 70's, 80's and 90's, it is absolutely this year's "The Guest". Expand
  3. Dec 24, 2014
    9
    The whole cast are terrific, but the chemistry between Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe is fantastic, whose climax is in the final scene. TheThe whole cast are terrific, but the chemistry between Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe is fantastic, whose climax is in the final scene. The whole film is very reminiscent of John Carpenter, including music, which is a good influence. A highly recommended film. Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2015
    7
    Ok, it's not the best movie ever, but it is entertaining. Besides the fact that it has the most cliched family characters ever (the hot olderOk, it's not the best movie ever, but it is entertaining. Besides the fact that it has the most cliched family characters ever (the hot older sister, the smart young brother, and the two fighting parents), the additional story to that can be pretty interesting. It's well directed and written. Though, I didn't like the ending (the las ten seconds). Expand
  5. Dec 22, 2014
    7
    The first hour is genuinely good, but the final 30 minutes is ridiculous. Everyone involved is much more adept at the build-up than executingThe first hour is genuinely good, but the final 30 minutes is ridiculous. Everyone involved is much more adept at the build-up than executing a convincing action-thriller / "scary movie" climax. Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Awesome theme to the movie...."burn down their houses with their families inside"......but what really makes it awesome is that the cast is perfect. Though the movie seemed like it could have been made in the time it takes to burn a cd....i still had no trouble believing it was going to have a huge third act....even though i like music ive never heard before.....i still feel that david was almost too cool to hurt the family and i would have preferred to see him just help out one last time.....but i guess he taught the kid to save his sister-not something i would do.. 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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