The Guest

The Guest
The Guest
  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh91%
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From the creators of You’re Next comes The Guest, a pulse-pounding thriller starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Maika Monroe (Labor Day). Recently discharged from the Army, David Collins (Stevens) unexpectedly shows up on the Petersons’ doorstep, claiming to be their late son’s best friend. Welcomed into their home, the well-mannered stranger becomes part of the family until a shocking wave of violence raises daughter Anna’s (Monroe) suspicions that the mysterious ex-soldier is not quite what he seems. Smart and suspenseful, The Guest is an action-packed blast that critics are calling “impossibly cool.” (Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria).
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Boasting enough intelligence to bolster its darkly violent thrills, The Guest offers another treat for genre fans from director Adam Wingard.
Hollywood Reporter
Justin Lowe

A slow-burn approach seems to pose a challenging change-up for the filmmakers, who struggle to bui...

June 25, 2017
Kate Erbland

Wickedly entertaining.

June 25, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Bilge Ebiri

It's not a particularly brilliant conceit, but, not unlike Stevens's beautifully one-note performa...

June 25, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tirdad Derakhshani

The Guest borrows from other genre pictures with such intelligence and clarity of purpose, it mana...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violent thriller has strong characters, lots of iffy stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Guest is a thriller about a mysterious and potentially violent guest; a teen brother and sister are the main protagonists. Violence is strong but not particularly realistic -- a highly trained specialist beats up, shoots, stabs, and otherwise kills several characters. Blood sprays, and bloody wounds are shown. There's one sex scene, with a topless female shown, as well as characters in seductive states of partial undress. Language includes many uses of "f--k," "p---y," "f----t," and other terms. Teens regularly smoke pot (and drink beer in one scene), one character is a drug dealer, and the father appears to have a drinking problem. Teen horror fans will know the director, Adam Wingard, and others may be drawn in by star Dan Stevens, of Downton Abbey fame. While it's a thrill ride that's not meant to be taken seriously, it's still too edgy for all but the oldest teens.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Thriller
  • Release Date:September 17, 2014

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