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Single White Female (1992)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5

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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


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Feb 24, 1998

Columbia Pictures

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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.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Despite excellent lead performances and numerous memorable scenes, this still feels like two different movies in one.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film is smooth, entertaining and believably sophisticated. It has far more sound psychological underpinnings than other movies of its type.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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
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The tension between its content and its trashy form is precisely the key to its vitality. If it were any less cheap, it wouldn't have the same edgy, gut-twisting jolt.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Turns out both of these women are mentally damaged, adding a nice little purple-nurple to the script, giving the actresses something with a little more bite to play with.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

A waste of the talented Jennifer Jason Leigh and director Schroder

April 18, 2008

Fluffy thriller, with moments of unintentional humour.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The climax is a long time coming, and you can't help feeling that the adaptation would work better as a play.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

A stylishly shot thriller with several hair-raising moments. Considering that it's directed by Barbet Schroeder and stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, it's also a major disappointment.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Great suspense thriller.

October 16, 2007

Borrowing heavily from Bergman's masterpiece Persona, this shallow psychological thriller has a good beginning but poor ending.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

decent 90s thriller

August 29, 2005
7M Pictures

This should be trash, but Fonda and Leigh's performances keep things believably chilling.

June 10, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Well-crafted, intelligent, and chilling.

January 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Girl gets psycho roommate, wacky mayhem ensues. It's like Fatal Attraction, only it sucks.

January 9, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Laughably bad thriller.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Proof that sensationalism, sex and violence can be boring.

November 29, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

An above-average psycho thriller.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Double the babes, Double the fun!

September 17, 2002

suitably chilling and convincingly played by Fonda and Jason Leigh

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Single White Female

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.
June 22, 2014

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Predictable, not that good acting, except for the physcopath. Quite creepy at times but nothing that you haven't seen before.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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If I remember correctly this movie was thrilling, and I liked it. But I'd like to see it again, since I can't remember it that well.
May 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

Excellent thriller. Great cast and plot. A single girl places an ad in a newspaper for a lodger. The new lodger has a troubled past and looks for a new friend and identity. Watch out for the killer heels!
April 17, 2011
Candy Rose

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