The Lodger


The Lodger

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 24


Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,617
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Movie Info

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) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (19)

  • 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…

    Rex Reed

    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

    John Anderson

    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

  • Dec 07, 2010
    a crappy title doesent help a by the numbers film, he copies jack the ripper, in modern day l.a. they did it in a better average film, jacks back, this is dull poor executed and not interesting
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2009
    I am SOOOO sick of horrible endings. I'm sick of movies trying to be smart and have a good twist of an ending. Its only rarely when a movie can actually pull that off well, and this one was not one of them. It had me scowling in frustration. I also was so bored and disappointed with Hope Davis' acting. It was awful as far as I'm concerned. And Alfred Molina was irritating as well, and even Shane West was bad. Honestly this whole movie just made me scowl. I spent half the time predicting how it would go and how it would end. I wasnt completely right but the way it did end just didnt make sense. It was the equivilent of someone telling you that the sky is blue but then showing you a picture of a purple sky. I.e. I still dont know who the fuck the real killer was. Screw this movie and all the other stupid movies like it. What did this movie teach me? There have officially been way too many movies like this. I mean seriously do you see the poster? You cannot tell me that the woman at the bottom doesnt remind you of the Black Dalia poster. Really, Hollywood has no creativity anymore.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2009
    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 C Super Reviewer

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