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The Guest

Action . Thriller . Mystery

A soldier 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.

Actors: AJ Bowen , Lance Reddick , Tabatha Shaun , Brendan Meyer , Leland Orser , Joel David Moore , Ethan Embry , Sheila Kelley , Maika Monroe , Dan Stevens
Directors: Adam Wingard
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2014-09-05
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  • Amy Nicholson

    A transcendent comic chiller, when The Guest's characters are in peril we actually care, and Wingard respectfully makes the kills clean and quick.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    It's Stevens, as the all-American cover-model mercenary both friendly and fatal, who gives The Guest its literally killer personality.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Stevens’s watchful restraint gives the early scenes a slow burn and a sinister glaze.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Dumb fun is rarely this smartly delivered.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Keith Staskiewicz

    The coat of irony helps when the film takes a major pivot in tone, and Stevens is unnervingly placid as the corn-fed terminator.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett last worked together on You're Next, a ferocious film that is also intelligent. They're even more successful here.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and if you've been lamenting the dearth of violent genre movies that don't assume the audience to be morons, you will too. Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Wingard’s direction is a robust throwback to the VHS gorefests of yore, but with a distinctly more modern slickness and snap, and he knows how to play around with the audience.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    Cool as you like one second, camp as Christmas the next, this entertainingly overpumped action-horror will have genre fans (and their mums) grinning from ear to ear.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    The Guest is not new, exactly, but Wingard knows just which buttons to push, and he pushes them with gusto. Stevens, meanwhile, has never been better.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Stevens is excellent both as the cordial house guest and the brooding time- bomb ever present beneath his earnest veneer.

    CineVue Full Review
  • David Hughes

    Mainstream audiences may find this too oddball to appreciate as a straight thriller. But tune into its strange frequency and there is much to enjoy — perhaps even adore.

    Empire Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    The Guest is blood-soaked action trash of a high grade.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    With The Guest, Wingard and Barrett have once more upped the ante for the indie horror flick pack.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Everett-Green

    A film as lithe and seductive as its lethal main character.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    The Guest takes its time revealing what is really going on, and has a lot of fun in that slow reveal process. Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Turns out to be more suspenseful and keenly plotted than most, with a compelling centerpiece performance by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) that deserves attention.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Cory Everett

    The ensemble is perfectly cast (a rarity for this genre) which helps to make the first half a delightful slow burn instead of a check-your-watch-until-the-carnage-starts.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    A truly entertaining and dizzyingly wild horror film. Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Wingard is also clearly enamored of the synthesized soundtracks of Giallo and John Carpenter films, and here, he turns that into a whole thing, too: A mix Anna makes for David becomes a plot point, giving the director an excuse to practically drench his scenes in dreamy electronica.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    Genre comparisons aside, the expert timing and clever setups that were exhilaratingly employed in You’re Next are mostly absent here... Fortunately Barrett and Wingard haven’t lost their ironically humorous touch, as most of the film’s uneasy laughs revolve around upending typical thriller expectations.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    When the secrets of David's circumstances and motives start spilling into the daylight along with more and more blood, The Guest does a strange thing. It becomes flat-footed and a bit dull.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    It all escalates into an arch, knowing throwback to 80s horror-thrillers that's muddled in parts but never less than entertaining.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Wingard has the technique to pull this homage off, and the sense to build unease from somewhere in the core of America’s psyche.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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