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Single White Female (1992)



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In this psychological thriller, a needy young woman finds fulfillment by trying to literally become her successful roommate. Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam (Steven Weber) proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but must use the classifieds to seek out a roommate in order to keep her spacious digs. In steps Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who's timid and frumpy but puppy-dog sweet. The self-centered Allison finds Hedra's eager friendship flattering, but soon she grows annoyed as Hedra begins emulating everything about her. After Allison gets back with Sam and asks Hedra to please vacate the premises, the pert beauty really gets to see her weird new roomie's bad side -- Hedra, it seems, is downright homicidal. Directed by Barbet Schroeder, who wowed Hollywood with Barfly and Reversal of Fortune. Single White Female was the second screenplay from future Opposite of Sex director Don Roos.more
Rating: R (N/A)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Don Roos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 1998
Columbia Pictures


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 Collin...
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
Jack Wilson
as Man in Cage
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Critic Reviews for Single White Female

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite excellent lead performances and numerous memorable scenes, this still feels like two different movies in one.

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Schroeder goes through the motions -- the movie is elegantly made -- but this synthetic Hollywood package panders shamelessly to the baser instincts.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

You watch this thing coolly intrigued and sometimes amused, rather than terrified and taken in -- even when the stabbing raises its bloody, predictable hand.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Single White Female


An efficient thriller, even if nothing special, but with the kind of subject that could have been developed into a better film had it played as a psychological drama. Still, It is nice to see that Schroeder manages to make it seem real enough in spite of its most ludicrous moments.

Carlos Magalh„es

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.

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

Super Reviewer

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