Ursula Coyote
Keith Staskiewicz
September 12, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Guest

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Carmen Electra, Andy Richter, Molly Shannon
director
David Zucker
author
David Dorfman
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B+

Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens trades in English gentility for all-American menace as a polite and eerily self-possessed houseguest who, if the ominous score is to be trusted, might not be everything he says he is. Director Adam Wingard’s follow-up to the 2011 horror flick You’re Next is similarly sure-footed and sleek, shrink-wrapped in a genre-aware cleverness and preapproved for cult status. The coat of irony helps when the film takes a major pivot in tone, and Stevens is unnervingly placid as the corn-fed terminator. B+

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