Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 17 out of 31
  1. To see Perfect Stranger is to wish for a more sophisticated vehicle for a film actress this good, but actors -- and audiences -- take what they can get. This is better than most.
  2. Perfect Stranger is far from Hitchcock, and Berry, although she gets an A for effort, can't do much with the half-baked characterizations.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Todd Komarnicki's screenplay relies heavily on red herrings and a host of suspects (there are more murderers swanning around Hill's sleek offices than there were aboard the Orient Express) to keep audiences distracted from what, in retrospect, is really pretty obvious.
  4. Cliched, mostly routine and never especially satisfying.
  5. Instead of heightening the intrigue in this psychological thriller, the labored twists and out-of-leftfield turns will leave audiences more weary than wary.
  6. It lacks the rutting nuttiness of "Basic Instinct," even as it recycles much of that film's kiss-or-kill premise.
  7. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    A rarely suspenseful thriller with a twist ending of the worst kind: It takes too much explanation.
  8. Think you'd be happy watching Berry do little more than look beautiful? Perfect Stranger gives you plenty of opportunity to find out.
  9. The only surprise here is the real star of the show, who turns out to be not Halle Berry, not even Bruce Willis, but a flat computer screen in all its hard-driven glory.
  10. 50
    Perfect Stranger is one of those movies that two years, or two months, from now, you won't recall having seen. Ostensibly a movie about big secrets, it comes up with few that are worth keeping, or telling.
  11. It is an acceptable enough thriller, neither the worst you've seen nor the opposite.
  12. Joins the growing list of blandly made erotic thrillers that contain no eroticism, few thrills and fewer likable characters.
  13. 42
    When the left-field ending finally arrives, it explains a lot, including why she's so off-putting and histrionic, but it never really explains why audiences should bother sitting through such a tangled mess.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Perfect Stranger derives some novelty value from its colorblind casting and from being the most ludicrously silly Hollywood f----fest since the Willis-starring "Color of Night" (minus that movie's comic self-awareness). But as a thriller, it's so by-the-numbers that it's hardly worth keeping count.
  15. Perfect Stranger is the Egg MacGuffin of whodunits, a cheesy affair that casts so many baited lures that they tangle each other and don't hook you.
  16. 38
    A movie so inane that it fails to rise to the level of "good trash."
  17. The star wattage quickly dims in this slick-looking but ringingly hollow affair that starts off generically at best before collapsing into a convoluted heap of shrill screen cliches.
  18. 30
    The fishy smell that permeates Perfect Stranger comes from all of the red herrings flopping around this absurdly plotted Hollywood thriller.
  19. The director, as he showed in movies like "After Dark, My Sweet," and "Fear," specializes in conjuring conspiratorial atmospheres in which anxiety and sexual menace hang in the air like a heavy, bitter perfume. Long after you've dismissed the movie's ridiculous, convoluted story, traces of that scent may linger.
  20. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    A disorienting cocktail of illogic and hysteria that requires an 11th-hour soliloquy just to explain what's happened.
  21. Just another thriller, utterly disposable.
  22. 25
    A dull, dumb and unforgivably dated thriller, free of thrills and any kind of perfection.
  23. 25
    Have you ever seen a movie without a single believable moment? Perfect Stranger, a convoluted and altogether risible thriller with Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, manages this difficult feat.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Superficial and lurid, Perfect Stranger is the cinematic equivalent of spam and should, like those trashy messages, be avoided.
  25. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    After "Gothika " and "Catwoman ," a viewer has to wonder: Why does this woman keep making thrillers if she can't bring herself to be thrilled?
  26. A crappy thriller gussied up with a chrome-plated veneer.
  27. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    A twist-burdened techno-thriller that would be by-the-numbers if it could count.
  28. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    The movie's central problem: a lack of alternative suspects...How the screenwriter, Todd Komarnicki, and the director, James Foley, resolve this problem is a genre travesty and an affront to their star.
  29. This stupidly contrived thriller is all the more disappointing if you admire previous work by Berry and director James Foley (After Dark, My Sweet).
  30. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    Nothing but a perfect waste of a Friday night. Or a Tuesday night. Or any night of the week for that matter.
  31. Life is full of choices, and Halle Berry has made another bad one with Perfect Stranger, a perfectly off-putting thriller.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. KeithJ
    Oct 24, 2007
    People who think this is a good movie need to see more movies. Rent or buy Strangers On A Train. It's $9.99 at my local supermarket. You have no idea what you are missing. Watching this movie makes me dumber. The only reason I give it a 3 is Halle Berry. I'd give a 3 if the movie involved nothing but Halle Barry standing in front of a blank background. The plot and writing are pitiful. Full Review »
  2. MarquesH
    Oct 1, 2007
    I was against seeing this movie after reading all the reviews. I'm sorry, the critics are wrong. The plot was excellent, I was on th edge my seat. Halle Berry, Bruce Willis and Giovanni were excellent in this film. Go rent this movie, you will not be disappointed. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Aug 29, 2007
    Perfect Stranger is better than about 2/3 of current Hollywood movies. The plot is fairly complex, the characters are interesting and sufficiently believable, mood is sustained, and the film is fun to watch and even discuss afterward. With so much product out there which insults the viewer, why have critics savaged Perfect Stranger? Full Review »