The Tenants

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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Bernard Malamud, The Tenants is a socio-political piece set in an abandoned New York apartment building in the early 1970s. It is the story of a Jewish novelist, Harry Lesser, struggling to complete his latest work, and his antagonisticBased on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Bernard Malamud, The Tenants is a socio-political piece set in an abandoned New York apartment building in the early 1970s. It is the story of a Jewish novelist, Harry Lesser, struggling to complete his latest work, and his antagonistic relationship with a black writer who moves in down the hall. (Millennium Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 70
    Stilted and gloomy as it sounds (and sometimes is), The Tenants gets by on its nimble approximation of Malamud's robust prose, subtle turns of deadpan humor and gut-tingling menace, and remarkable performances. McDermott does credible work here, but Snoop's casting is a stroke of genius.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    There's something endearingly bookish about a movie whose single most frightening shot involves the possibility of an ax being taken to a typewriter.
  3. 63
    Harry likes Willie's white girlfriend, played by the Australian actress Rose Byrne with a riveting, sad sexiness. So much screen time is devoted to the men that her part is underwritten, but there are novels in her eyes.
  4. 50
    Isn't exactly bad and isn't exactly good. It's raw in some places and overcooked in others.
  5. 50
    Harkening back to a time when race relations in New York City were even worse than they seem today.
  6. The stage is set for a full-scale racial conflict, but neither actor is really up to the task - McDermott seems lost in his voluminous beard and Snoop Dogg spits his lines out.
  7. Unremittingly bleak and hopelessly outdated parable of American race relations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. BenK.
    Feb 20, 2006
    9
    An incredible, career-defining performance by Snoop Dogg defines Danny Green's triumphant first feature.McDermott and Byrne are both An incredible, career-defining performance by Snoop Dogg defines Danny Green's triumphant first feature.McDermott and Byrne are both effective but Snoop's presence defines the film. Green's technical acuity demonstrates a robust confidence missing in most first features. This film will hopefully be the beginning of a long and fruitful career for Danny Green. Expand
  2. HansB.
    Apr 3, 2006
    6
    Mr. Snoop Dog was a little too much for me. OK, it was the seventies, it was different then, but so much pityful behaviour! The storyline was Mr. Snoop Dog was a little too much for me. OK, it was the seventies, it was different then, but so much pityful behaviour! The storyline was allright, though. Expand

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