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Perfect Stranger (2007)

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11

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 126

Despite the presence of Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, Perfect Stranger is too convoluted to work, and features a twist ending that's irritating and superfluous. It's a techno-thriller without thrills.

10

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 36

Despite the presence of Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, Perfect Stranger is too convoluted to work, and features a twist ending that's irritating and superfluous. It's a techno-thriller without thrills.

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A hard-nosed star reporter learns who her real friends are -- and gets in way over her head -- investigating a murder in this twisty thriller. Perfect Stranger stars Halle Berry as Rowena, a prominent New York journalist who writes using a pseudonym to entrap some of the tri-state area's most corrupt individuals, using a network of informants, acquaintances, and digital gadgets. When her latest exposé is buried at the behest of her paper's corporate backers, she walks off the job and into a

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Todd Komarnicki, Jon Bokenkamp

Aug 21, 2007

$23.7M

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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (126) | DVD (15)

This one's DOA.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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The movie shows that the only thing worse than a generically screwy thriller is one with a selective narrator -- and one that doesn't give viewers a fair chance to play along.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A rarely suspenseful thriller with a twist ending of the worst kind: It takes too much explanation.

May 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The movie would perhaps like to say something serious about the ease with which modern communications allows us to be multiple personalities, but that effort is lost in ineptitude.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Some films are marred by absurd endings; this dire journo-thriller is like one big mar.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Its shiny plastic glamour serves to endorse the very phoniness it ought to be warning us about.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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...resembles one of those made-for-Lifetime thrillers that seem to crop up on a weekly basis...

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Columbia seems to be on a one-studio mission to revive that very '90s of film genres, the erotic thriller--or are they determined to kill it off for good, considering such poor efforts as this listless Halle Berry vehicle?

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A big cheat because virtually nothing of what happens in the first 100 minutes would ever really have happened if the truth that's exposed in the final few minutes was true.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

While Perfect Stranger had its moments and wisely made its characters less than perfect, it was a pedestrian yarn better suited for the small screen than the silver one.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

While it begins dully enough for an investigative thriller, Perfect Stranger quickly skids off into abject foolishness.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Un thriller más bien mediocre, inverosímil y rebuscado que pretende sorprender al espectador con una vuelta de tuerca final... igualmente mediocre, inverosímil y rebuscada.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
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May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Although the movie makes a case for its ending, taking you by the hand and walking you through the stink of all its red herrings, the effort is wasted. Ro sounds like roe for a reason, and the logic behind this film was fishy from the start.

May 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Even Berry's bodacious bod (the woman is blessed with some really good genes) isn't distraction enough to make Perfect Stranger palatable.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's a movie that exists to showcase an actor more than it exists to be a movie.

April 25, 2007 Full Review

Loses its point about balancing different identities through the increasingly ludicrous twists and intense overacting

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A B movie with a bland title, histrionic acting and a ridiculous twist ending.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A snake bit concept from the very beginning.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

...an ideal film for suspense audiences.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

...limp and perfunctory.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Amid all the dreck that has come out in the last few years, it's hard to think of a title that approaches the audience with more cinematic bad faith. For shame!

April 20, 2007

Audience Reviews for Perfect Stranger

The twist was great but I didn't liked the story. Not my taste I guess.
August 28, 2011
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Great thriller! Definitely didn't expect the ending and had me intrigued all the way through. A great film! A must see!
June 24, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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Why is it some scripts result in predictable, cheesy, made-for-tv hokum. Whilst something like Perfect Stranger, manages to attract big name stars to take down aboard it's sinking ship? Probably completed before Berry or Willis' cheques were even cashed, this rushed paint-by-numbers thriller is only saved by an unexpected ending. Don't confuse unexpected with good, it was just nice to be caught off guard by something so formulaic. It's easy to forget that Willis is a great actor and huge star, in this film. He's painfully dull and uninteresting. Berry's performance isn't awful, nor is it anything to care about. Ribisi is his excellent self, even if his role as an obsessed and creepy, but not dangerous, colleague could have been the focus of a worthwhile movie.
June 15, 2009
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