Rent Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
As strong as the music is, there's not much tying Rent together; it's a series of sequences, not a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
A TV-special metallic ring hangs over the whole production, skimming surfaces without touching emotion
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
If a bunch of models living in a huge apartment without income is America, then I live in Bizarro World...
Dragan Antulov
June 22, 2007
film, za razliku od predstave, daleko bolje isti%u010De jednodimenzionalnost i neuvjerljivost likova
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 30, 2007
Recommended, but only for shut-ins who can't make it to a local live theater production of the play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Crafted with obvious care and deep love by director Chris Columbus and his team.
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
October 2, 2006
For all the big themes Rent deals with -- love, death, injustice, community -- it still seems a bit superficial
| Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
April 6, 2006
Fans of the original stage production won't be disappointed, but as a film it's frequently tedious and way too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 8, 2006
Beautiful cinematography and great acting assure an enjoyable experience for fans of the musical, but there are better options for people who don't already love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
February 21, 2006
Fans of the original might greet this adaptation with mixed emotions, while curious newcomers are left with an earnest but ultimately pointless big-screen byproduct.
Collin Souter
January 15, 2006
It comes off like a sequel to the ever-annoying Fame where the kids never moved out of New York or learned anything from Debbie Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Clint Morris
January 3, 2006
Even more universally entertaining than "Chicago"....the performances are'll be definitely humming some of its tunes in the car ride home
| Original Score: 3/5
December 23, 2005
Despite my frustration at the willful stupidity of some of the main characters, I had to just sit back and let all that beautiful singing wash over me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Zoromski
IGN Movies
December 22, 2005
If you are a fan of the show, you will very likely enjoy the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 22, 2005
The play may have felt fresh nearly ten years ago, but the film version is about as edgy as Pat Boone covering Nirvana.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 21, 2005
The movie, directed without a personal stamp of any kind by Chris Columbus, is so slick that the grime comes from a spray can and the grungy bohemian costumes look rented from a Betsey Johnson boutique sale.
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
December 15, 2005
What we're left with, in place of directorial pizzazz, is the sheer impact of the original show.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
December 14, 2005
Rent features an attractive cast, sharp lyrics, bright music and a storyline that has passed muster for over 100 years
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
December 8, 2005
People are always jumping up on tables, bartops, any flat surface available, as if to say 'Who needs nice furniture? Let's scuff the world!'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
December 8, 2005
It's real -- and, on screen, it's really cringe-worthy. Not quite Phantom of the Opera cringe-worthy, but not as much fun to blow raspberries at, either.
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