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The Room

The Room (2003)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 12

A bona fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau's misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again.

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Critic Reviews: 3
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A bona fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau's misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again.

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A benevolent, friendly, selfless man who greets everyone with a disarming "Hi" discovers that you can't trust anyone after getting engaged to a manipulative, self-serving siren who seduces his best friend and destroys his life in The Room. Johnny (writer/director Tommy Wiseau) has everything a man could ever want: great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancée named Lisa (Juliette Danielle). But Lisa's innocent act masks the fact that she's looking to bring Johnny down, and her manipulations

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Drama, Romance, Comedy, Special Interest, Cult Movies

Tommy Wiseau

Dec 17, 2005

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (12)

As someone who's watched more bad movies than you can imagine, I'm mostly immune to the so-bad-it's-good aesthetic, though I can see how, viewed in a theater at midnight after a few drinks, this might conjure up its own hilariously demented reality.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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The Room, has been maligned as one of the most inept movies ever made when in fact it is a sardonic comedy about sexual politics in the age of terror.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comments (24)
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Given audience reaction at screening attended, pic may be something of a first: A movie that prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back -- before even 30 minutes have passed.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (6)
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To make a movie that's so bad it's good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room's writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A movie so bad, so inept, so unbelievably painful, it's almost impossible to comprehend anyone thought it would be great on-screen...

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The question becomes, How much punishment can the audience take and still keep on howling?

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Watching The Room is like crossing over to a counterfactual universe where the rules of film grammar and screenwriting have been written by Dan Brown.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (10)
The Ooh Tray

Cult-phenom amateur melodrama best left to adults.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

If you like bad films performed by those without talent, films like Ed Wood Jr. cranked out, then this one will do the trick.

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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It is a prime example of enthusiasm outrunning talent.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobbery | Comments (9)
Film Snobbery

In the dynasty of dung, among the many pretenders to the best worst movie throne, Tommy Wiseau and his oddly named tragedy truly earns their rotten rep.

June 8, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

This self-financed flick's shortcomings go way beyond the standard array of glaring continuity errors, dodgy sets and stagnant editing.

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

If you experience brain damage as a result of watching this film, I disavow any responsibility whatsoever.

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

And that's the conundrum of "The Room." It's so very bad that it becomes riveting.

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

It's hard to describe how bad the acting in The Room is.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Tommy Wiseau's film oozes sincerity, which is then slathered in a thick coating of oblivious narcissism, and sadly serves as an example that not everyone should follow their bliss.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian | Comments (3)
Oregonian

Mom, Interrupted.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Comments (12)
Upstage Magazine

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE gave me nowhere near as many belly laughs. Tommy Wiseau is a bit like Shatner or Schwarzenegger before they became self-aware.

June 5, 2006 Full Review Source: LYTRules.com | Comments (16)
LYTRules.com

Audience Reviews for The Room

There are bad movies. Then there are atrocious movies. And then there's The Room. Probably the most awkward and incompetently made film project of all time, Tommy Wiseau is the yin to Orson Welles' yang. If you like bad movies, this is the one to see. Make sure you see it in a packed theatre to get the full cult experience. Bring plastic spoons and a football.
March 15, 2014
MovieGeek13

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Why is it called The Room? I honestly have no clue. So much uninteresting and random things in this movie. Cheating on a husband, playing football in tuxedos, generic drug-dealers, poor imitations of a chicken and sex scenes that last close to 10 minutes. This movie was written, directed and produced by Tommy Wiseau. What else did he do to involve himself more? You guessed it, he's the main actor as well. If you want to get a good idea what he's like, look to your right in the cast section of this page and look at Tommy Wiseau's picture. Beautiful, isn't it? Wiseau dubs all of his dialogue in this movie. You can tell because his lines don't match the lip movements most of the time. There really isn't a lot about this movie I can say without confusing the hell out of you. But if you want to see a hilarious review of this movie that is much better than mine, go to Youtube, type in "Nostalgia Critic The Room." It's very funny and makes sure you do one thing: DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE!
March 26, 2012
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

My God, the planets really aligned for something this bad to have happened. Go watch it and be amazed. Truly one of the funniest films one can watch, for almost every single wrong reason.
March 19, 2012
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

The Room is a bona fide example of how NOT to make a movie. Tommy Wiseau writes, stars, directs, and gets it ALL WRONG. When viewing this rubbish, it is NOT watching a movie, it is watching 100 minutes of life slowly wasting away.From the first minute to minute 100, this monstrosity is one debacle after another. Whether it be EVERY one of the unlikable characters or the petty excuse of dialogue that sounds like a conversation between a bunch of elementary school kids, The Room deserves to be locked in a room of its own and then blown up with an atomic bomb.The multiple "love scenes" look to spice things up and detract from the rest of the hogwash that is going on, but they are extensively nauseating and a complete waste of time.Tommy Wiseau is revolting all around. His line delivery, and accent, is just as horrible as the amateurish dialogue. The ending never comes too soon when he, or anyone else in this crap-fest, is on screen. In other words, this is 100 minutes too long.A black comedy this is not. The Room is not made to be funny and also a total disgrace to football. It is, simply put, a terrible mistake that deserves its bucket loads of negative criticism.
October 22, 2011
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    1. Johnny: I dont have to worry about anything because Lisa is loyal to me.
    – Submitted by Brandon S (7 months ago)
    1. Johnny: Denny, two's great, but three's a crowd.
    – Submitted by John Tyler M (10 months ago)
    1. Johnny: I'm your future husband
    – Submitted by Nat B (12 months ago)
    1. Johnny: You are tearing me apart Lisa!
    – Submitted by Josh D (15 months ago)
    1. Johnny: I did not hit her, its bullshit, I did not hit her, I DID NOT!
    – Submitted by Kyle W (17 months ago)
    1. Johnny: You're tearing me apart Lisa!
    – Submitted by Joe S (18 months ago)
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