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Guest Artist (2020)

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Director Timothy Busfield's intergenerational drama stars Jeff Daniels (the film's scriptwriter), Thomas Macias and Richard McWilliams. A disillusioned Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright travels to a small Michigan town, where he encounters a young aspiring playwright who idolizes him. His world-weary cynicism about his artistic career is challenged by the latter's youthful enthusiasm and optimism.

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Jeff Daniels
as Joseph Harris
Thomas Macias
as Kenneth Waters
Michael A. Alden
as Blonde in Bar
Aidan Fogarty
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Guest Artist

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

...the train station not only confines the drama but comes close to flat-out stopping it in its tracks.

July 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Guest Artist feels like a typical one-act, intelligent but not especially distinctive or compelling.

July 21, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Timothy Busfield's adaptation of Daniels' stage play benefits from the two leads, and will particularly appeal to theater lovers.

May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Though its running time is brief and a lot of the writing is sharp, the tug-of-war between a onetime literary lion and his wide-eyed No. 1 fan lacks the necessary tension to make the drama's outcome matter.

March 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Jeff Daniels is riveting here. Not only is his performance among his very best, the screenplay has echoes of Aaron Sorkin to it.

July 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Self-important character study has drinking, pot use.

June 23, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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