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Rent Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
As strong as the music is, there's not much tying Rent together; it's a series of sequences, not a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 25, 2005
Onscreen, the musical numbers at times feel episodic and the narrative loses momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 23, 2005
They're saying Rent was of its moment. They're saying that moment has passed. So the point of making the movie is . . . ?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2005
Those who haven't seen Rent on the stage will sense they're missing something, and they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
November 28, 2005
RENT is mediocre and recommended only to those who can claim a familiarity with the play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 23, 2005
Rent falls betwixt and between the odd intimacy of theater and the glorious bigness of film -- and vice versa.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 23, 2005
There's a moment in which Roger (Adam Pascal), the burnout rocker, singingly accuses Mimi of looking 16. She could have easily retorted, "You look 40."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
A TV-special metallic ring hangs over the whole production, skimming surfaces without touching emotion
Edward Douglas
November 22, 2005
Proves that lame musicals tend to make even lamer movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 22, 2005
If Columbus had a concept for the movie, it's not evident, and many of his decisions feel random.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 6, 2005
Constantly dragged down into mediocrity by Chris Columbus' dreary, rhythm-challenged direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
November 22, 2005
Standing on a table at an all-night cafe and singing about how The Man won't get you down is cute when you're just out of college. When you look 35, you need to stop whining and get a job.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
November 22, 2005
I hated every 135 minutes of it. Heroic HIV-positive New Yorkers who do nothing and do not want to pay rent. They worship a flirty drag queen named Angel.
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Kit Bowen
December 1, 2005
Although it is indeed an entertaining and noble attempt to bring the hugely popular Broadway musica Rent to the big screen, something is unfortunately lost in the translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 23, 2005
Rent showcases the hipster trend of getting nostalgic about grime and crime: it's slumtimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
November 28, 2005
"Rent" is a wet blanket musical compared to the likes of "West Side Story" or "Cabaret."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 23, 2005
Besides these soaring, grand slam sequences, the film dips too often into thudding melancholy, lifeless numbers or dangling subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
If a bunch of models living in a huge apartment without income is America, then I live in Bizarro World...
Mike Ward
November 29, 2005
Despite the characters' authentic ghetto jet-setting, Rent the movie can't move the audience like its live stage brother, or maybe I should say sister.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
December 8, 2005
However electrifying Rent may have seemed on Broadway a decade ago, on the big screen its musical and dramatic shortcomings can't be ignored.
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