The Lodger


The Lodger (2009)


Critic Consensus: An accomplished cast can't save a derivative suspense flick that manages to confuse and bore rather than thrill.


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Malcolm Slaight arrives at the home of Joe and Ellen Bunting. Ellen is happy to make a little extra money, but also becomes enamored by the charm and eccentricities of this mysterious Lodger. Meanwhile, police detective Chandler Manning begins to track a ruthless killer slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. This killer's methods are identical to that of London's infamous psychopath, Jack the Ripper. This is especially troublesome for Manning because earlier in his career he brought a killer to justice who also mimicked Jack the Ripper. Closing in on the killer, Manning finds himself following a trail that leads to a secluded residence located just off the Sunset Strip--right near the Bunting home.

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Alfred Molina
as Chandler Manning
Simon Baker
as Malcolm
Shane West
as Street
Donal Logue
as Bunting
Philip Baker Hall
as Captain Smith
John Hammil
as Mayor Grimson
Mel Harris
as Margaret
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Dr. Jessica Westmin
Virginia Williams
as Rachel Madison
Paul Joyner
as Detective Rogers
Bert Rosario
as Juan Dantierro
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Critic Reviews for The Lodger

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Jan 28, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Filled with second-rate Brian DePalma twists, noirishly blurred lights and usually solid actors mouthing potboiler brine, The Lodger resembles bottom-shelf '80s dreck.

Jan 23, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start.

Jan 23, 2009
Top Critic

The Lodger is a spooky story ruined by lumpen dialogue, cloddish performances and a director and writer (David Ondaatje) oblivious to both.

Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Lodger


A clever well-made and suspenseful updated remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent film classic of the same name. It concerns a mentally troubled Landlady, played by Hope Davis in a beautifully realized performance who lives a quiet dull life with her husband and young son, one rainy day a handsome and mysterious stranger, played superbly by Simon Baker shows up at her door, wanting to rent her guesthouse, his arrival coincides with a series of brutal murders of young prostitutes off West Hollywood. Alfred Molina plays a obsessive police detective with a strong conviction and believability, it is a terrific portrayal he is determine to catch this copycat killer who murders his victims in the same fashion as the legendary serial killer Jack the Ripper, Shane West is excellent as Molina's rookie partner, there also are superlative supporting performances by Rachael Leigh Cook, Philip Baker Hall, Mel Harris, Rebecca Pidgeon and John Hammil. Solid direction by David Ondaatje, who's screenplay does a great job of keeping you guessing right to the very end, that has a surprisingly good double twist of an ending that is a real killer. The film has a haunting visual quality thanks to the exceptional cinematography by David A. Armstrong, and a moody score by John Fizzell that is perfect. A worth-while and marvelously entertaining chiller. Highly Recommended.

Danny Rovira
Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer

Okay thriller, seen better, seen worse.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This is a fairly surprisingly good film with great twists and turns that ive seen in a very long time! its really worth a watch!!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Updated remake of an early Hitchcock thriller about a psychologically unbalanced landlady and her enigmatic tenant. There's also a parallel story about a troubled detective who's on the hunt for a killer whose method bears a striking resemblance to Jack the Ripper. It all unfolds like one of those procedural TV shows, but the story is fairly interesting and suspenseful with just enough stylistic flourishes to keep the viewer interested.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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