Rent Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2005
If you feed them, beware. They won't leave you alone and they won't sit in your lap and purr, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
December 8, 2005
However electrifying Rent may have seemed on Broadway a decade ago, on the big screen its musical and dramatic shortcomings can't be ignored.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 6, 2005
The material is real, and Columbus goes at it head-on, moving from dialogue to song and back again without awkwardness or apology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 6, 2005
Taking the film Rent on its own terms, it succeeds as rock opera, and its likely target audience won't be upset that the original lovely, lyrical score has been translated to a group of mostly pounding rock songs.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 6, 2005
Rent, for all its feel-good desperation and plague-battered bonhomie, arrives in theatres with the curious but unmistakable air of an artifact from another time, even another world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 6, 2005
Constantly dragged down into mediocrity by Chris Columbus' dreary, rhythm-challenged direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
December 5, 2005
Dated Rent
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 2, 2005
"Rent" is worth saving up for.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 2, 2005
Columbus has made his finest, most emotionally rich film yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 1, 2005
You may not leave the theater humming a happy tune, but if you're a fan of this musical, I'm sure you'll find it a treat.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 1, 2005
'Rent' has so much going for it..a viable storyline, rich, likeable characters, and plenty of toe-tapping, snappy, memorable songs.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 1, 2005
The outre flip side of Friends... Larson's Big Apple is smaller and seedier than most, and ripe for parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 1, 2005
Evict them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
December 1, 2005
For those who dig Larson's vision, Rent is a wild, emotional rush through the cold streets and tattered bodies and souls, with gripping music to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
December 1, 2005
Although it is indeed an entertaining and noble attempt to bring the hugely popular Broadway musica Rent to the big screen, something is unfortunately lost in the translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2005
There were times where I was convinced that '525,600 minutes' wasn't a lyric, but the actual running time of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 30, 2005
Easy to like and even easier to hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
November 30, 2005
"Rent" needed to be directed by a Martin Scorsese or a Spike Lee, a director with both a gift for gritty material and a confidence and familiarity with shooting New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
November 30, 2005
while I can admire the film for its efforts, Rent comes across as a somewhat lackluster performance when compared to the stage version that I so dearly love.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 29, 2005
A stylistic mess all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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