Kris FT’s review published on Letterboxd:
I love these types of movies that rely on heavy sound editing and mixing to present the action.
The Guilty puts us around a day in the life of an officer working a 911 dispatch and uses that single setting to its advantage. We, as viewers, know our lead character is confined, and that adds to the tension. I loved the slick editing and lighting to create movement and action, despite such a single setting.
I like that the lead isn't presented as a likable person. It made for a realistic portrayal. Even people he collaborates with during an emergency call are dismissive of him, because of his abrasive and off-putting nature. His aggressive overemotion constantly backfires on him, as one will see. The job is heroic. He isn't.
Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic as usual. I loved Riley Keough's voice acting; riveting performance. Antoine Fuqua's direction was stellar; great collaboration with writer Nic Pizzolatto.
NOTE: My respects to the people who work that incredibly stressful job.