Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
Watch On
  1. Rent is commodified faux bohemia on a platter, eliciting the same kind of numbing soul-sadness as children's beauty pageants, tiny dogs in expensive boots, Mahatma Gandhi in Apple ads.
  2. Rent plays as a very long joke with no punch line, an exercise in mawkish sentimentality that's embarrassing to watch. Kudos to the actors for truly committing to their roles, but with this material, it might have been better if they hadn't.
  3. Heart-breakingly awful -- slow, lugubrious, and misconceived to the point of baffling amateurism.
  4. 20
    To paraphrase the play's most famous song: how do you measure the lien against your soul when you're forced to sit through something as forcibly maudlin as Rent? I dunno, but 525,600 minutes is about how long this movie felt at times.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 179 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 113
  2. Negative: 26 out of 113
  1. JGarrett
    Nov 29, 2005
    7
    I started to fall asleep during the first hour, then forced myself to stay awake for the remainder counting the number of other people I started to fall asleep during the first hour, then forced myself to stay awake for the remainder counting the number of other people falling asleep in the theatre. The play is better storyline wise, but this movie has fantasic singing and harmonies. Thumbs up for Jessie, Rosario, Traciee, Adam. Full Review »
  2. johnf.
    Nov 29, 2005
    9
    Memories of a world that doesn't exist anymore... much to my deep regret.
  3. Jun 21, 2014
    3
    I'd had this one on my radar for a while because I'd heard such great things about the play. Unfortunately, I could tell almost instantly thatI'd had this one on my radar for a while because I'd heard such great things about the play. Unfortunately, I could tell almost instantly that the whole thing just didn't translate well into movie format. What should have been powerful vocal performances were instead muffled and hushed into submission by the limitations of the format. Having the actors sing the songs separate from their performances was also a terrible idea. The words mismatch the lips constantly and ultimately left me feeling like I was listening to a CD while watching another thing altogether.

    I'd gladly see this live, but I could never recommend this movie.
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