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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.
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.
Despite excellent lead performances and numerous memorable scenes, this still feels like two different movies in one.
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.
The film is smooth, entertaining and believably sophisticated. It has far more sound psychological underpinnings than other movies of its type.
Schroeder goes through the motions -- the movie is elegantly made -- but this synthetic Hollywood package panders shamelessly to the baser instincts.
Single White Female is a B-movie, yet it's a beautifully-made one that puts an emphasis on tone.
I mean, if you're going to make the kind of movie where someone gets killed by being stabbed in the eye with a stiletto, just make the kind of movie where someone gets killed by being stabbed in the eye with a stiletto already.
A solid psychological thriller, despite its warts and clumsy climax...
...a thoroughly erratic early-'90s thriller.
What can the point of this possibly be when even the thrill of being afraid is denied us?
Except for Hedra Carlson, the painfully awkward young woman played by Leigh, the director finds himself with a far less fully developed gallery of characters.
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.
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.
Predictable, not that good acting, except for the physcopath. Quite creepy at times but nothing that you haven't seen before.
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.
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