The Room

2003

The Room

Critics Consensus

A bona fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau's misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again.

26%

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Total Count: 27

47%

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User Ratings: 9,614
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This film centers on Johnny, a man who has it all; great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancée named Lisa. But Lisa's innocent act masks the fact that she's looking to bring Johnny down, and her manipulations are tearing Johnny apart. As Lisa informs her cancer-ridden mother, Claudette, that Johnny hit her (and he did not hit her, that is bull$&*t, he did not!), Johnny's best friend, Mark, finds his resistance to Lisa's seductive charms weakening. Meanwhile, local orphan Denny looks up to Johnny, and needs the older man's help after the teen rips off a drug dealer. What kind of drugs? It doesn't matter. Then guys play football in tuxedos, because you can play football anywhere. This movie is seriously not to be missed.

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Critic Reviews for The Room

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

  • To make a movie that's so bad it's good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room's writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent.

    May 24, 2013 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • As someone who's watched more bad movies than you can imagine, I'm mostly immune to the so-bad-it's-good aesthetic, though I can see how, viewed in a theater at midnight after a few drinks, this might conjure up its own hilariously demented reality.

    Oct 20, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The Room, has been maligned as one of the most inept movies ever made when in fact it is a sardonic comedy about sexual politics in the age of terror.

    Mar 11, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Given audience reaction at screening attended, pic may be something of a first: A movie that prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back -- before even 30 minutes have passed.

    Jun 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • We sit there in the dark, our eyes move over flutters of passive motion, and eventually the screen goes black. That's it.

    Dec 2, 2017 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • The Room is pure unintentional camp. Somehow 14 years later it's still popular and is now considered a cult classic.

    Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: 1/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Room

  • Dec 11, 2017
    I don't often say this, but I believe sometime it's important to watch the bad movies so that you can appreciate the good films even more. I had been holding out on watching The Room for a long time, but upon the release of The Disaster Artist, I felt it was the right time to divulge into the madness. And make no mistake, the film does not disappoint. This is easily one of the worst films ever made, if not the worst. But unlike many horrible films I have seen, there's a certain amount of undeniable enjoyment here. I know Tommy Wiseau has come out and said the film was purposefully comedic and should be considered a "dark comedy", but there's no way most of this film was this intentionally bad. Either way, there are so many memorably awful and funny things to come out of this. First off, unless it was just my copy of the DVD from the library, but it sure seemed like the words spoken and the timing of the characters mouth's moving were not linked up for most of the film. But that's the only major technical issue I noticed with the movie. Speaking of which, how in god's name did this film cost 6 million dollars to make? There's no action, shouldn't be any special effects, nor green screen scenes (though apparently Wiseau did actually do some of that). Why would this film cost that much? An even better question may be how the heck he came up with 6 million on his own to produce this? At any rate, The Room is one of the most fun mistakes Hollywood has ever produced. I'm already looking at YouTube constantly for these short clips from the film that make absolutely no sense to fulfill my entertainment for that particular moment. It's no wonder why James Franco was able to come up with an entire film worth of ideas and moments to make The Disaster Artist a success. 0.5/10 (.5 for the mere fact that this film is memorably atrocious)
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2017
    I won't deny that The Room is a bad movie, but it's so fantastically entertaining and watchable (albeit for all the wrong reasons) that it surpasses most films in my list of favorites.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This is the best worst movie ever made. It is filled with hilariously bad acting and incredibly crappy dialogue. The movie truly shows the range of a man who thinks that his ideas are good, but from the very first scene in this movie, you quickly get the feeling that something is horribly wrong. The movie continues and at a point you really get the urge to scratch your own eyes out because of the laughably horrible scenes in this horrifying masterpiece.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2016
    Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the new Ed Wood of the 21st century, a guy so laughably inept in just about everything (his acting is atrocious) that he made me even feel sorry for him - but then I only need to think about how misogynist this awful movie is to not care anymore.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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