The Room (2003)

The Room




Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

This film centers on Johnny, a man who has it all; great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancée named Lisa. But Lisa's innocent act masks the fact that she's looking to bring Johnny down, and her manipulations are tearing Johnny apart. As Lisa informs her cancer-ridden mother, Claudette, that Johnny hit her (and he did not hit her, that is bull$&*t, he did not!), Johnny's best friend, Mark, finds his resistance to Lisa's seductive charms weakening. Meanwhile, local orphan Denny looks up to … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, language and brief violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, Special Interest, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Tommy Wiseau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2005
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as Claudette

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Critic Reviews for The Room

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 3, 2008
Top Critic

What puts "The Room" in a class of its own is its overabundant idiocy. While you're still gasping at one of the film's moronic lines or vagrant plot knots, another one rises up to smack you in the head.

Full Review… | April 24, 2015
Reason Online

Trust me, you've gotta check this thing out at least once, especially if you like football.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Room


Generous, caring Johnny is beloved by everyone---everyone except for his sociopathic fiancée Lisa, who decides to seduce his best friend, leading to incompetently acted tragedy. It takes special skills to appreciate a movie this bad; only you can say if you're interested or not. I'm not sure I've ever been as embarrassed on another human being's behalf as I am for triple-threat Tommy Wiseau, who humiliates himself here as a director, writer and (especially) actor.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Awful in a marvelously, horrible way! I love this hot mess of a film because the problems are just so obvious. Nothing is followed up on in the script. The actors are terrible. The script is beyond nauseating. There is no artistry whatsoever! Quite simply, it is a feast on franks and beans with boxed wine for the movie connoisseur. If you are prepared and know what you're in for, this film is just fabulous beyond measure!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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