Single White Female (1992)



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Movie Info

In this psychological thriller, a needy young woman finds fulfillment by trying to literally become her successful roommate. Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam (Steven Weber) proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but must use the classifieds to seek out a roommate in order to keep her spacious digs. In steps Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason … More

Rating: R (N/A)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Don Roos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 1998
Columbia Pictures


as Allison Jones

as Hedra Carlson

as Sam Rawson

as Graham Knox

as Mitchell Myerson

as Elderly Neighbor

as Myerson's Assistant

as Mannish Applicant

as Exotic Applicant

as Talkative Applicant

as Perfect Applicant

as Check Cashier

as Desk Clerk

as Desk Clerk

as Nosy Neighbor

as TV Reporter

as Cashier Manager

as News Vendor

as Hedy's Date

as Woman in Club

as Bartender

as Bookstore Customer

as Man in Cage
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Critic Reviews for Single White Female

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

There's something dehumanizing about 90s horror thrillers that all but defeats the film's impulses toward seriousness; no matter how much the filmmakers work to make the characters real, the genre contrives to turn them into functions and props.

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite excellent lead performances and numerous memorable scenes, this still feels like two different movies in one.

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
Top Critic

If his two leads are adequate to the slick mechanisms of a formulaic thriller, neither they nor Don Roos' script (based on the novel by John Lutz) offer any original insights into insatiable emotional dependence.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is smooth, entertaining and believably sophisticated. It has far more sound psychological underpinnings than other movies of its type.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Schroeder goes through the motions -- the movie is elegantly made -- but this synthetic Hollywood package panders shamelessly to the baser instincts.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

You watch this thing coolly intrigued and sometimes amused, rather than terrified and taken in -- even when the stabbing raises its bloody, predictable hand.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Single White Female


An efficient thriller, even if nothing special, but with the kind of subject that could have been developed into a better film had it played as a psychological drama. Still, It is nice to see that Schroeder manages to make it seem real enough in spite of its most ludicrous moments.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


There are many conventions in this film that make it really great as a thriller, and a good horror film. Many things about this film reminded me of 2009's "Orphan" mostly because of the main antagonist's shady past, her connections to a horrible childhood, and trying to seduce all the men around her. Jennifer Jason Leigh has never been creepier or more anally retentive than she is opposite Fonda. Both women are very strong choices for this film, and give stellar performances. What really takes away from this dynamic are the steamy scenes that pander. Nudity, seduction, and over-the-top scenes bring this film very close to B-movie. The ending is even annoyingly underwhelming and anti-climactic, for a story that is so built up throughout, and dramatic at every turn. The premise was interesting, but some of the directorial decisions and parts of the script really took away from the tension.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Predictable, not that good acting, except for the physcopath. Quite creepy at times but nothing that you haven't seen before.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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