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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 4, 2011
    60
    The film's sure-to-be-brief theatrical release is a mere stopover on the way to basic-cable eternity.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 4, 2011
    50
    Managing nary a single original idea throughout its 93-minute running time, the film does benefit from a cast of sexy young TV stars who should attract the desired female teen demographic.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 4, 2011
    40
    If ever a thriller were to inspire a collective "eh," it's got to be The Roommate. It's not a good movie, by any means, but it's also not bad enough to have fun hating on.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 4, 2011
    25
    A deplorable unofficial reworking of "Single White Female."
  5. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 5, 2011
    25
    It's the latest in the blank-from-hell genre, in which misogyny and entertainment are made to seem indistinguishable while the blank makes life hell for someone who then is cornered into striking back.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 4, 2011
    20
    Substituting sex for suspense and pop music for ideas, the director Christian E. Christiansen drags The Roommate from limp beginning to lame conclusion.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Feb 9, 2011
    0
    It's only February but I can already name the year's winner of Most Thoughtless Gay Stereotype in Film award. The dubious honor goes to The Roommate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    who had the idea to make a stupid movie like this? jeez us regular run of the mill douche bag, young punk directors, thats who, go to hell,who had the idea to make a stupid movie like this? jeez us regular run of the mill douche bag, young punk directors, thats who, go to hell, these movies these days are all retarded, and if I wanted to watch some stupid skinny white chick get screwed over, I would just go home. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2011
    7
    It's simple but I liked it. The roommate character is freakin' creepy, what else did you people want to watch? Sure the story isn't the mostIt's simple but I liked it. The roommate character is freakin' creepy, what else did you people want to watch? Sure the story isn't the most original, but it's really kinda good. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2015
    6
    Great soundtrack which, for some insane reason, wasn't released by the studio. Weird move, because that's one of the best parts about thisGreat soundtrack which, for some insane reason, wasn't released by the studio. Weird move, because that's one of the best parts about this movie. I wouldn't say it's bad; it's just a pretty blatant reboot of Single White Female from the 90s. Main difference is that the "crazy roommate" is presented as crazy right from the beginning, and the "sane roommate" is so laid-back and chill that she's kind of blah (and makes you wonder how she could possibly overlook what's so screamingly obvious to everybody around her). So really, it's tough to sympathize with either character. Then Cam Gigandet shows up and adds some nice humor and sarcasm, but there again -- wish they would have intensified his relationship with Minka Kelly a bit more. These two share a few quickie smooches and an extremely PG-rated "love scene" that makes the relationship feel a lot more cool and casual than the writers may have intended. Okay, not necessarily a major problem ... until we're asked to buy into the fact that the guy would put his life on the line for this chick. Not trying to trash the movie by any means. It's worth a watch; the characters themselves just could have been written a little edgier. And the studio should have released that soundtrack. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2011
    3
    There are millions of movies; over 8 million horrors; and I was stuck with this one. The roommate was a stereotypical college horror movieThere are millions of movies; over 8 million horrors; and I was stuck with this one. The roommate was a stereotypical college horror movie that had no surprises whatsoever or anything that exceeded expectation. The movie was extremely predictable and you could of easily missed the entire first half of it and still pick it all up. It was a thriller that was just plain awful, but yet I couldn't look away. Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2011
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "Single White Female" just turned eighteen, the age of an incoming college freshman. Now look what just came out of the woodworks. "The Roommate" has an animal slaying, a lecherous man who makes an unwanted pass at its heroine, and an unbalanced woman who tries to change herself into a doppleganger, similar to the perennial basic cable favorite. This familiar seeming story carries so many of the Barbet Schroeder film's traits, the moviegoer can only assume that the baby "S.W.F." is his. In "Single White Female", a computer consulting maven places an ad for a warm body to help occupy her rent-controlled apartment, a replacement for a philandering husband, and ends up with the roommate from hell. The ad read "professional preferred", not "murderess wanted". But there you go. With its two leads, Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the filmmaker took full advantage of the disparity in looks between the actresses, in which Fonda(a natural beauty by anybody's standards), as Allison Jones, teaches Hedra("Hedy" for short), played by Leigh(a modest-looking thespian not known for turning heads), how to dress, when the mismatched women go shopping, in what perhaps is the film's most pivotal scene. Moviegoers forget that "Single White Female" starts off as a femme version of "Pygmallion", before it turns into "Pygmallion On Her Own". Likewise, "The Roommate", starring Minka Jones, portraying the part of a hayseed fashion design student, takes it upon herself to reinvent the woman sharing proximal living space with her, but the woman she mentors, Leighton Messner, in a move that's somewhat detrimental to the film's internal logic, is as hot, or hotter than Jones, and probably doesn't need tips on sartorial matters, because her character, the self-possessed Rebecca, is a self-described "clotheshorse", privileged and snooty, who normally wouldn't be caught dead in the Iowa girl's vintage clothing. "The Roommate" takes a shortcut; it foregoes the "She's All That"-like process of transforming an ugly ducking into a swan, and presents Rebecca as a finished product. Being that the film is already formulaic and derivative, why be half-assed about its banality? Slap on some ungainly glasses and an array of self-defeating outfits on the blonde art major because it's easier to root for a dorky schizophrenic than a beautiful one. "The Roommate" fails to capture the best thing about "Single White Female", and that's how love, albeit a love riddled with disease, makes us want to be somebody else. Scarily, in Allison's case, that somebody Hedy wants to be, is her. Conversely, in "The Roommate", there may be a question as to who wants to be who, more. As Sarah eyeballs Rebecca's palatial estate, you hear the loaded girl downplaying her exorbitant wealth, which in turn, makes us hate the"modest" girl on a personal level, unlike Hedra, who remained sympathetic to the very end, in spite of her murderous shenanigans. Who is the alpha girl? Sarah loses her outright agency, she has a formidable opponent who is both rich and beautiful. Yes, the young woman is friendless, but that could be due in part to her entitled demeanor, a social defect that has nothing to do with her schizophrenia. For "The Roommate" to work, Rebecca needs to be the underdog. The poor little rich girl has no character arc. In "Single White Female", Hedra starts off as sane; she shows off an incorruptible side of her, the side untouched by madness, her true self, before the voices take over. The moviegoer understands why Allison takes a shine to the shy woman. On the other hand,"The Roommate" gives Messner one note to play, all bum ones, as the filmmaker conveys Rebecca's dark side, right off the bad, conveyed through lighting, which turns into an ongoing motif; her constant walking in shadows. Since we know that Rebecca is crazy from the outset, we wonder why Sarah doesn't see it too. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2011
    2
    This is basically a rip-off of Single White Female. Not only is it predictible but also the actors looked bored, the script is lazy and it'sThis is basically a rip-off of Single White Female. Not only is it predictible but also the actors looked bored, the script is lazy and it's not even scary at all. Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2011
    0
    A thriller the whole family can dislike. Why can't my review be less than 150 characters? WTF! What more can I say about this movie other thanA thriller the whole family can dislike. Why can't my review be less than 150 characters? WTF! What more can I say about this movie other than that it is boring, stupid and a waste of my time and money. Be sure to try to avoid getting dragged to it like I did. Expand

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