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The Lodger Reviews

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Gregory Weinkauf
July 25, 2011
A smart and creepy thriller transposing a classic London tale to in-your-face modern Los Angeles. Helmer David Ondaatje's deft handling of actors and subtle twists demand a second viewing.
David Cornelius
March 13, 2009
What might have played out as a passable whodunit becomes instead a frustrating drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
March 2, 2009
Burdened by a cliche-ridden burnt-out-cop movie screenplay and over-the-top performances that don't mesh, this is a thriller that doesn't thrill as much as it irritates.
Read More | Original Score: 59/100
Scott Weinberg
February 17, 2009
Ready-made for 3am HBO viewing, The Lodger is an unnecessary remake of a story that's already been covered more than enough times, thanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
February 10, 2009
There's a big cast of characters and the suspense is nicely drawn out, punctuated with just enough bloodlust to keep horror hounds happy.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
Stylish cinematography along with a pulsating musical score make for a somewhat chilling experience, but had writer/director Ondaatje kept the story focused on the serial killings investigation without going off on poorly developed tangents, the film woul
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 28, 2009
The cast works hard to make you believe they believe what the screenwriter tells them to believe. But in the end, it all seems contrived and silly.
January 26, 2009
A virtual tsunami of directorial incoherence %u2014 arbitrary visual cliches of the clouds-speeding-across-the-sky variety, and some of the most inappropriate use of classical music in the history of movies.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 26, 2009
...The Lodger ends up just another modern-day policier, on the order of an extended "Law & Order" episode.
Nick Schager
January 25, 2009
Deviates not an inch from its rickety template.
Pete Hammond
January 23, 2009
This faux Hitchcock mystery whodunit will only have you guessing why they bothered to remake it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
January 23, 2009
This strained, empty effort doesn't work as homage or update, and in its darkly violent sensibility has neither the glamour of Brian De Palma's referential nightmares or even the narrative fuel of the serial-killer-obsessed procedurals that dominate tv.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 23, 2009
Filled with second-rate Brian DePalma twists, noirishly blurred lights and usually solid actors mouthing potboiler brine, The Lodger resembles bottom-shelf '80s dreck.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 23, 2009
A good cast can't save The Lodger, the utterly wrongheaded fourth movie version of a 1910 novel inspired by Jack the Ripper that was most famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1926.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
January 23, 2009
What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 23, 2009
The Lodger is a spooky story ruined by lumpen dialogue, cloddish performances and a director and writer (David Ondaatje) oblivious to both.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jay Antani
Slant Magazine
January 22, 2009
Ondaatje's lack of certainty seeps from the dialogue and characterizations to his choice of an overwrought aria-heavy score and a shoddy sense of style that recalls episodic television and myriad Silence of the Lambs rip-offs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Paul Brenner
January 22, 2009
Stark, raving nuts
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 22, 2009
It takes guts to remake what many believe to be Hitchcock's first masterpiece, but what Ondaatje's done with The Lodger could not be mistaken for ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 22, 2009
Nodding, winking and sighing, The Lodger lumbers its way to a final twist so anticlimactic and silly as to warrant an incredulous titter.
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