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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: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  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. Jun 29, 2015
    10
    This movie is really awesome. I could not believe it was Matthew Crawley. He is an awesome actor.

    Fans of action, suspense, good acting,
    This movie is really awesome. I could not believe it was Matthew Crawley. He is an awesome actor.

    Fans of action, suspense, good acting, good scripts. Watch it. It's sweet.
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  3. Oct 4, 2014
    9
    Please release this wider - it's a GREAT MOVIE
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    -Great movie - one of the best of the year in my opinion -Very clever B
    Please release this wider - it's a GREAT MOVIE
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    -Great movie - one of the best of the year in my opinion
    -Very clever B movie
    -Lots of laugh out loud moments
    -Great neo 80's style music
    -reminds me, stylistically, a bit of Drive (one of my favorite movies of all time)
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  4. Jan 10, 2015
    8
    This film is simply cool with a very engaging performance from its lead. I admit to being skeptical after Adam Wingard's last film Your NextThis film is simply cool with a very engaging performance from its lead. I admit to being skeptical after Adam Wingard's last film Your Next which many critics liked and I happened to think was awful, but I'm happy to see he learned some things. There were some moments you wonder why this family just goes along with this guy so easy, but that is forgiven with its infectious score and exciting tension. A- Expand
  5. Mar 19, 2015
    7
    Creepy stranger premise has been used in horror or mystery to varied effect, the latest Jennifer Lopez's flick is an example of how not toCreepy stranger premise has been used in horror or mystery to varied effect, the latest Jennifer Lopez's flick is an example of how not to welcome this premise. Luckily, The Guest has the luxury of having suave lead actor and good atmosphere for a thriller. Some of the kinks are predictable, but the dark humor as well as bizarre revelations offer much needed novelty to the movie.

    David (Dan Stevens) arrives at the Petersons resident, claiming that he was a friend of their fallen son. He's well-mannered and seems trustworthy, thus the family welcomes him openly. Upon his stay, strange accidents begin to happen, and suspicion arises with the casualties. The most important hook is Dan Stevens' portrayal of David. He looks like a rugged debonair, this is not average smooth, this is Ryan Gosling's level of smoothness.

    Stevens delivers a wide variety of emotions, he can be either friendly or deadly. Backed by good cast, such as Maika Monroe as the Anna Peterson and Lance Reddick as Mayor Carver, the movie has a solid degree on acting performance. The exchange of banter is enjoyable, often resulting in manipulation or downright violence for David’s benefit. It elevates the human drama between him, the Peterson family and whoever unlucky enough to be in their immediately vicinity.

    Mystery of David's real identity is crafted slowly and it's compelling enough to pique interest without revealing too much. The film also has a touch of humor, albeit slightly crude. Strangely, in the third act it changes tone drastically for the climax. This shift is a bit odd considering it plays the thriller aspect with steady pace for the majority of early parts, although this explosive tone does have the merit of being entertaining.

    There are short bursts of Hollywood style carnage, but they are modest, not all out gunblazing from the start like Bourne or the recent John Wick. Action sequences are well choreographed, it has both devastating and ridiculous impact.. Good practical effect for the blood and explosion as well as its highly unorthodox soundtracks make the faster pace scenes more satisfying.

    Having good mesh of action, mystery and comedy, The Guest is enigmatically fascinating.
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  6. 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
  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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