Perfect Stranger Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
July 9, 2007
This one's DOA.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
June 23, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Carla Meyer
Dallas Morning News
May 28, 2007
A rarely suspenseful thriller with a twist ending of the worst kind: It takes too much explanation.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 24, 2007
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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 14, 2007
Some films are marred by absurd endings; this dire journo-thriller is like one big mar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 14, 2007
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 14, 2007
A tangled mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 13, 2007
Its shiny plastic glamour serves to endorse the very phoniness it ought to be warning us about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 13, 2007
Reportedly, several endings were filmed; perhaps some of them make more sense than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 13, 2007
People with access to vital information just show up when the movie needs them, then vanish again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2007
For those who are interested in Berry as both an actress and screen presence, this is one of the most satisfying films she has ever made. It capitalizes on her strengths and she owns the picture, from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 13, 2007
That's right, it's a techno thriller that treats the already clichéd topic of Web abuse with an idiotic sense of discovery.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 13, 2007
Layered with improbable plot twists and hypocritical commentary, the movie is lurid and outdated when it wants to be hip and provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 13, 2007
Nothing can quite top the climax, which arbitrarily assigns a culprit in a way that makes you question almost every single thing that's transpired up to that point. And no, that's not a good thing in this case.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 13, 2007
People peek through windows, hack into computers and sneak into apartments without the slightest hesitation. We're guilty of voyeurism, too, since the primary pleasure to be found is in seeing three confident leads play off each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 13, 2007
Perfect Stranger isn't great art by any stretch, or even art by any stretch, but it is perfectly functional low-to-middlebrow entertainment -- a B movie at ease inside its own gaudy skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2007
One of those formulaic thrillers loaded with a whole lot more plot than common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2007
Everyone behaves like characters who are motivated not by emotion or logic, but the to and fro of a remote control or joystick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 13, 2007
Perfect Stranger soon begins to look like another setback for Berry.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 13, 2007
Perfect Stranger, the new thriller starring Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, is far from perfect and, lame as it is, not quite lousy enough to pan with joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
April 13, 2007
Just when you thought The Reaping was the most convoluted and overwrought flashback-riddled thriller starring an Academy Award-winning actress in theaters, along comes Perfect Stranger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 13, 2007
A laughably overheated thriller from the once promising James Foley.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 13, 2007
Even after it lurches from the far-fetched into the preposterous, Perfect Stranger leaves a clammy residue of unease.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 12, 2007
There's a vast, possibly bottomless pit reserved for thrillers that are neither good nor bad enough to be truly entertaining, and James Foley's Perfect Stranger tumbles right into it.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2007
Life is full of choices, and Halle Berry has made another bad one with Perfect Stranger, a perfectly off-putting thriller.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2007
A cheesy affair that casts so many baited lures that they tangle each other and don't hook you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 12, 2007
It might be selling itself as a "sexy thriller," but the cheesy, smirk-inducing reality is that Perfect Stranger would have been on the direct-to-DVD fast track had it not been for the names Halle Berry and Bruce Willis above the title.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2007
By the time everything falls into place, it doesn't much matter. The best thrillers don't just show up for the closing credits, they are involving all along the way. That's where Perfect Stranger goes imperfectly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 12, 2007
A great thriller should be the model of simplicity. Perfect Stranger, like so many other thrillers nowadays, is often complicated just for the sake of being complicated. This more-is-better approach isn't more, and it isn't better.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2007
This stupidly contrived thriller is all the more disappointing if you admire previous work by Berry and director James Foley.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 12, 2007
Considering the twirliness of the story, this is a fairly straightforward film that knows where it's going and how to get there. And there's much to be admired in that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Anderson
Variety
April 12, 2007
Pink is the new black, 50 is the new 30 and, at the movies, confusion is the new suspense.
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
April 12, 2007
All the hip technology, including e-mail hacking, tiny portable USB devices and fake IM accounts, is supposed to make us feel disoriented by the modern lack of face-to-face communication, but it feels played out and overexplained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 12, 2007
While the story becomes dauntingly complex as it goes, the finale resolves its multiple mysteries seamlessly. Perfect Stranger is the kind of polished diversion that the big studios should deliver twice a month, but don't.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 12, 2007
The murder clues are trotted out in dishonestly protracted fashion by screenwriter Todd Komarnicki, who plants red herrings as malodorous as a fish market at 5 in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 12, 2007
Despite the presence of the luminous Berry, Perfect Stranger is really just another thriller, utterly disposable, in town for a few desultory weeks until it heads off to a mild afterlife on DVD and then richly deserved oblivion.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 12, 2007
Fairly diverting until it starts becoming ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 12, 2007
Perfect Stranger is one of those movies in which nothing and no one turns out the way they originally seemed. And, maddeningly, that's true of the movie itself, as well.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 12, 2007
As a thriller, it's so by-the-numbers that it's hardly worth keeping count.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 11, 2007
What would happen if a late-night, D-grade direct-to-cable thriller excised all of the raunchily enjoyable elements and managed to attract an A-list cast? The result might be shockingly like Perfect Stranger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 11, 2007
Perfect Stranger is spam -- not only commercially generated, but irritating in the faith that buyers will be as dumb about Internet-based thrillers as the sellers are. My advice is to delete without opening.
Full Review | Original Score: D