The Tenants Reviews

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Kam Williams
DallasBlack.com
May 20, 2007
The stripped-down production looks more like a play than a movie, but all the actors do a decent job with a script which turns increasingly preposterous at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
There's little that's right about The Tenants.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 18, 2006
...a thoroughly dated and hopelessly irrelevant piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
February 26, 2006
The Tenants ranges from one-set character piece to race-centric speech-making to Cinemax style bedroom dealings... Well, at least it's not boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 9, 2006
Alternately tedious and bombastic, the film never achieves a consistent tone, and the characters and situations, while seemingly played on a realistic level, are neither remotely credible nor satisfyingly surreal.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
February 4, 2006
...a good try from a first-time director that never quite hits the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 3, 2006
[Snoop] and McDermot have a weird chemistry together and fascinating to watch.
| Original Score: 2.3/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 3, 2006
Danny Green's adaptation of Bernard Malamud's earnest 1971 novel about art and the clash between black and white feels about as anachronistic as the New York City rents cited in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 3, 2006
Snoop Dogg and Bernard Malamud don't often pop up in the same sentence, but they make an effective combination in a quiet little indie called The Tenants.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 3, 2006
Unremittingly bleak and hopelessly outdated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
February 3, 2006
Middle-class Jewish liberal Lesser befriends semi-homeless African-American Spearmint, and from the moment their tenuous relationship begins, you know there's going to be trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 3, 2006
This film version of 'The Tenants'is a disservice to author Bernard Malamud as well as to the audience.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 2, 2006
The message about race relations in America conveyed by this choppy and psychologically cauterized screen adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1971 novel is dire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 2, 2006
The stage is set for a full-scale racial conflict, but neither actor is really up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 2, 2006
There's something about the no-exit, zero-sum logic of the film's rivalry that makes this dingy, grim little indie hard to look away from.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 1, 2006
For a hip-hop icon defined by his own cartoonish gangsta-pimp persona, Snoop Dogg nonetheless turns out to be the most genuine presence in The Tenants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 1, 2006
[The Tenants] keeps grimly glued to its one-note premise, relieved by nary a glimmer of humor, surprise or personality.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 31, 2006
Accurately and passionately portrays the animosity between an African-American writer and his Jewish counterpart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
January 31, 2006
A bleakly funny, quietly harrowing exploration of the confluence of race, art, and privilege in pre-gentrification Brooklyn.
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2006
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