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The Roommate (2011)

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4

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 81

Devoid of chills, thrills, or even cheap titillation, The Roommate isn't even bad enough to be good.

6

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 15

Devoid of chills, thrills, or even cheap titillation, The Roommate isn't even bad enough to be good.

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27

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 42,759

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Movie Info

A psychological thriller about a deranged college freshman (Leighton Meester) who becomes obsessed with her new roommate (Minka Kelly). -- (C) Sony

May 17, 2011

$37.3M

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (81) | DVD (7)

This is trash of the tamest variety which elicits a few mild shudders at most.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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Kelly and Meester hit their marks and look pretty doing it, while supporting players Cam Gigandet, Billy Zane and Aly Michalka fade into the background so blandly that viewers will never remember they were there.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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The movie is exploitative schlock; both its
 stars -- particularly Meester, who has something, although she herself has 
perhaps not yet figured out what -- deserve better.


February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
TIME Magazine
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"The Roommate'' is dumb about psychology and suspense.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (2)
Boston Globe
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The Roommate - the umpteenth uncredited remake of 1992's Single White Female - sucks bad, real bad.

February 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comment (1)
Rolling Stone
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We could not possibly care less.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
New York Times
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Instead of attempting to create a unique thriller, the filmmakers chose to make a typical one with bland characters and lackluster twists.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

it's hardly worth sticking around for the routine climax of this toothless thriller just to see the ocular sweets get all chewed up and mangled.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

One dry hump of almost thrills that are incredibly lackluster and void of any sort of suspense or tension.

December 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

the direction of the film is fraught with problems, and one feels that the promising young cast deserved better than this.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National | Comment (1)
The National

A storyline that unimaginatively rehashes countless pivotal elements from other stalker-themed movies means that the whole production is a dull and pointless exercise that twists and turns in precisely the manner you expect it to.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comment (1)
Digital Spy

It might be genius compared to Single White Female 2: The Psycho, but know that The Roommate is ultimately about as sensitive as that dtv sequel sounds.

June 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

It is as bland as movies get. There's not one single nod or wink to the audience and it never manages to develop even an iota of suspense. What's really weird is its complete reliance on a slick modern rock soundtrack that never seems to stop.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Comment (1)
Scene-Stealers.com

More fun than getting stabbed, at least.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)
Movies.com

... a Miss Teen "Fatal Attraction" ‒ with baked kitten replacing rabbit stew on the menu.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: CinemaDope | Comment (1)
CinemaDope

Christainsen chooses a teen-friendly rating over cheap titillation and his uneven tone squanders all the ingredients for a good horror movie completely.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Skinny | Comment (1)
The Skinny

Christiansen's witless, badly acted thriller is a throwback to the early 1990s.

April 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

Bunk.

April 9, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comments (2)
News of the World

A disaster from start to finish.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

Elicits snores and guffaws thanks to workmanlike 'shock' moments and obvious twists.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mirror [UK]

The biggest jolt the film can muster comes when the viewer's head hits the back of the chair after nodding off

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk | Comment (1)
Movie Talk

You could spend the entire movie texting your friends and not miss a thing, which I suppose its target audience may consider an asset.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mail [UK]

The plot never picks up steam, there are gaping implausibilities and the characters are achingly dull, with the exception of Billy Zane's hilariously smarmy and sleazy professor.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comment (1)
Daily Express

There are some interestingly nasty moments and some chills, but it's predictable and derivative.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

The Roommate can't be taken seriously - for all Meester's genuine efforts, it's basically moronic games with the mentally ill - but it also misses the opportunity to go for broke, into a zone of full-tilt trash that might at least have been some fun.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph

Billy Zane's toe-curlingly awful turn as a preening design professor turns out to be the main entertainment value on display.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times | Comment (1)
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Roommate

lol at this movie. I love how the girl is mentally unstable yet her parents allowed her to go AWAY to college haha. Great logic there. I also really like the fact that Michalka's character pretty much fell out of the movie entirely. She never called the cops or anything after she was attacked by the girl....she just kind of went away and we never saw her again haha. Omg. Movie definitely sucks a lot, but it was entertaining to make fun of. I can't even review it properly because it doesn't deserve to be reviewed at all.
May 14, 2012
Japes
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This movie is entirely uninteresting and savagely boring. The minute it began I couldn't stop wanting it to end. The Roommate has terrible acting, awful direction and just a plain lame premise. There's been a lot of bad things churned out in 2011 but The Roommate is a top contender for the most thrill free thriller of the year.
March 31, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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A tame version of Single white female basically. These types of films are always geared towards the teenage market that might not have seen the film that nearly all the ideas are from. By having the low rating though it suffers from not being able to be more shocking or disturbing. Also a case of seen it too many times before in countless films that have tried to copy SWF success. Average thriller, but I suggest you watch Single white female instead.
March 25, 2012
Deano78

Super Reviewer

My first ever film where I fell asleep in the theater. I knew from the first 5 minutes how bland and predictable this film would be. The acting was dull, there's nothing that grabs the interest of the audience, and the movie overuses every horror cliche in the book. Predictable jump "scares," check. No tension or suspense, check. Lacking scares, check. Don't waste your time, one of the worst films of 2011.
January 11, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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    1. Sara matthews: It says zyprexa is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
    2. Stephen: I just thought she was weird.
    – Submitted by Japes . (23 months ago)
    1. Handsome Guy: I am handsome guy.
    2. Club Guy: How interesting, I'm club Guy.
    3. Frat Bouncer: I'm just a fat bouncer.
    – Submitted by Jack L (2 years ago)
    1. Rebecca: You are bad influence on her.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (2 years ago)
    1. Sara matthews: How are we suppose to get in?
    2. Tracy: We're hot!?
    – Submitted by Clarisse S (2 years ago)
    1. Dorm R.A.: If you dont get rid of that cat I could lose my job. Do you understand?
    – Submitted by Billy O (2 years ago)
    1. Rebecca's Mom: Rebecca Is Doing Really Well?
    2. Sara matthews: She's Doing Well
    3. Rebecca's Mom: She's Taking Her Medication?
    4. Sara matthews: Medication (With A Confuse Face)
    5. Rebecca: (Walks Down The Stairs)
    6. Rebecca's Mom: Hope You Girls Will Have A Wonderful Day (Walks Away)
    – Submitted by Prezatia V (3 years ago)
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