Single White Female


Single White Female

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Single White Female benefits from a pair of outstanding leads, neither of whom are well served by a storyline that wavers between thrillingly tense and utterly ridiculous.



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After advertising for a new roommate, Allison finds herself living with Hedra, an initially shy woman who soon exhibits strange, obsessive behavior in this psychological thriller. When Allison realizes that her new roommate is attempting to steal her identity, she pulls away, driving Hedra to dangerous levels of dementia.

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Bridget Fonda
as Allison Jones
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Hedra Carlson
Steven Weber
as Sam Rawson
Peter Friedman
as Graham Knox
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Mitchell Myerson
Frances Bay
as Elderly Neighbor
Michele Farr
as Myerson's Assistant
Tara Karsian
as Mannish Applicant
Christiana Capetillo
as Exotic Applicant
Jessica Lundy
as Talkative Applicant
Renee Estevez
as Perfect Applicant
Amelia Campbell
as Check Cashier
Kenneth Tobey
as Desk Clerk
Ken Tobey
as Desk Clerk
Eric Poppick
as Nosy Neighbor
Kim Sykes
as TV Reporter
Michael James Collins
as Cashier Manager
Jerry Mayer
as News Vendor
Robert Steinberg
as Hedy's Date
Leslie A. Sank
as Woman in Club
Ron Athey
as Bartender
Kaaren Boothroyd
as Bookstore Customer
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Critic Reviews for Single White Female

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11)

  • The formula betrays the fine work of Leigh and Fonda, whose characters are much too interesting to find themselves stranded in a tony but ultimately tired slasher movie.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • There's something dehumanizing about 90s horror thrillers that all but defeats the film's impulses toward seriousness; no matter how much the filmmakers work to make the characters real, the genre contrives to turn them into functions and props.

    Apr 14, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Despite excellent lead performances and numerous memorable scenes, this still feels like two different movies in one.

    Apr 14, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • If his two leads are adequate to the slick mechanisms of a formulaic thriller, neither they nor Don Roos' script (based on the novel by John Lutz) offer any original insights into insatiable emotional dependence.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The film is smooth, entertaining and believably sophisticated. It has far more sound psychological underpinnings than other movies of its type.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Schroeder goes through the motions -- the movie is elegantly made -- but this synthetic Hollywood package panders shamelessly to the baser instincts.

    May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for Single White Female


Though nothing special, this is an efficient thriller with the kind of subject that could have actually been made into a better movie had it played as a psychological drama. Still, It is nice to see that Schroeder manages to make it seem real enough despite its most ludicrous moments.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


There are many conventions in this film that make it really great as a thriller, and a good horror film. Many things about this film reminded me of 2009's "Orphan" mostly because of the main antagonist's shady past, her connections to a horrible childhood, and trying to seduce all the men around her. Jennifer Jason Leigh has never been creepier or more anally retentive than she is opposite Fonda. Both women are very strong choices for this film, and give stellar performances. What really takes away from this dynamic are the steamy scenes that pander. Nudity, seduction, and over-the-top scenes bring this film very close to B-movie. The ending is even annoyingly underwhelming and anti-climactic, for a story that is so built up throughout, and dramatic at every turn. The premise was interesting, but some of the directorial decisions and parts of the script really took away from the tension.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Predictable, not that good acting, except for the physcopath. Quite creepy at times but nothing that you haven't seen before.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

If I remember correctly this movie was thrilling, and I liked it. But I'd like to see it again, since I can't remember it that well.

Aj V
Aj V

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