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A handful of teenagers make the mistake of baring their souls to the wrong person in this thriller. Eva (Imogen Poots) is a young model whose good looks and poise disguise her aching doubts about herself and her wishes she could be more like others. Jim (Matthew Beard) is still wrestling with the demons brought on by a painful childhood and tries to beat back his fears with drugs. Emily (Hannah Murray) feels plain and unattractive and is filled with resentment towards her ambitious father and mother. And Mo (Daniel Kaluuya) struggles with his sexual desires for children, in particular the sister of a close friend. These four young people are frequent visitors to an internet chat room, where they can talk about their fears and anxieties while being drawn out by the compassionate moderator. But the man who runs the chat room is not all he seems. William (Aaron Johnson) is the unstable and neglected son of a successful author (Megan Dodds); he's grown to hate his more confident brother Ripley (Richard Madden) and has established the chat room in order to manipulate others to his own ends by getting them to share their secrets and using this knowledge against them. Chatroom was the second English-language feature from Japanese horror veteran Hideo Nakata. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Chatroom

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  • Unfortunately the scenes set in the real world (the locations include Camden Lock and the London Zoo) are stilted and unconvincing, while those in the chatrooms become increasingly tedious.

    Dec 27, 2010 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • Director Hideo "The Ring" Nakata never connects with the script (by Enda Walsh, adapting from his own play).

    Dec 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • The film finally fizzles into feeble melodrama, with all the power of an old episode of Grange Hill.

    Dec 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In the end, Nakata's notion of a web gone wild has moments of visual merit, but is a little too clinical and coldly cynical.

    Dec 22, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 'The Social Network' and 'Catfish' prove there are ripe films to be made on the dark side of web connectivity, but this is the rotten apple of the bunch.

    Dec 21, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Veers into thriller territory with predictable results. It's strange that a movie so lacking in substance arrives with such pedigree.

    Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chatroom

  • Apr 06, 2015
    Chatroom's moderately interesting premise and style is disabled incoherently from the get-go by wet performances, a desperate attempt to appeal to angsty teenagers and a genuinely appauling approach to certain social issues. Chatroom tries its best to glamorize cyber-bullying and manipulation. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's sociopathic geek is an over-troped hollywood act that has really run its course and Johnson brings little talent to the role. What's even more disappointing is that this is part of the filmography of Hideo Nakata, the obviously hit-and-miss creater of decent horror films like 2002's Dark Water and 1998's Ring.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2014
    A disastrous attempt on satirizing the chatroom culture. 5 spoiled teens met online and encourage each other to do outrageous actions. I really did not like the style the film used, also the acting was rubbish. I was practically bored to death. Michelle Fairley starred in this film, possibly the only reason why I watched it.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2012
    Utter waste of time. The construct of acting out interactions in an online chatroom as a real environment would be a clever idea in 1992 when the internet was new and unfamiliar territory but just looks silly today because we know it doesn't work this way. Matthew Beard plays a total douche for no apparent reason who gets his kicks by manipulating "friends" he makes in a chatroom called 'Chelsea Teens!' and the last half-hour is tediously spent trying to get one of them to commit suicide while the others try and stop him. If she can get some meaty roles, Imogen Poots will be a star: you heard it here first! She caught my attention as a peppy boarding schoolgirl in <i>Cracks</i> and is very good as a reforming rich bitch here, but as part of an ensemble she can't rescue this by herself since the rest of the cast range from unconvincing (Beard fails at charisma and Hannah Murray is waaay too bubbly) to barely adequate. One star obviously signifies a very bad movie and <i>Chatroom</i> isn't outright awful like most one-star movies, but it simply doesn't contain anything beyond Poots worth recommending.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2011
    Everybody seems to not like this movie, but I have to say I thought the story was solid. This movie is kinda shocking in some aspect because the main character is some misguided and severely disturbed teenager. Who uses an online chat-room to lure in four potential victims into this well-thought and extremely disturbing plot to have on of the kids kill themselves. Cyber-Bullying is a hot topic right now, and this just takes all the fears and concerns one might have about the dangers of an online predator, and turns it on its head. Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass and Nowhere Boy) was unbelievably good in this movie. Despite what most are saying about CHATROOM, I say you should certainly check this movie out.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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