The Lodger


Overwhelming dislike - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 8 out of 8

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Critic Reviews

  1. 33
    It takes guts to remake what many believe to be Hitchcock's first masterpiece, but what Ondaatje's done with The Lodger could not be mistaken for ambition.
  2. The film might amuse some, especially fans of Alfred Hitchcock, but is likely to annoy almost everyone else.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start.
  4. The biggest mystery, perhaps, is why accomplished actors such as Molina and Hope Davis agreed to be in this.
  5. 25
    A good cast can't save The Lodger, the utterly wrongheaded fourth movie version of a 1910 novel inspired by Jack the Ripper.
  6. 20
    Nodding, winking, and sighing, The Lodger lumbers its way to a final twist so anticlimactic and silly as to warrant an incredulous titter.
  7. Prostitutes are not the only things butchered in The Lodger, a spooky story ruined by lumpen dialogue, cloddish performances and a director and writer (David Ondaatje) oblivious to both.
  8. Filled with second-rate Brian DePalma twists, noirishly blurred lights and usually solid actors mouthing potboiler brine, The Lodger resembles bottom-shelf '80s dreck.

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