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Single White Female Reviews

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½ January 6, 2018
Jennifer Jason Leigh is demented in this
½ October 8, 2017
Never mess with women, the deadliest creature on the planet. Jennifer Jason Leigh proves herself to be the Hollywood's Isabelle Huppert.
½ September 25, 2017
Single White Female is a decent film. It is about a woman advertising for a new roommate who finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in. Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow places. Barbet Schroeder did an alright job directing this movie. I like this motion picture because of the drama.
½ September 3, 2017
Single White Female is one of those formulaic erotic thrillers that would be completely forgotten were it not for the engaging performances of Bridget Fonda as a newly single woman looking for a roommate. She goes through a plethora of applicants before settling on Jennifer Jason Leigh; who seems quiet and overall normal. She soon finds out that Leigh is anything but. Both actresses play their roles to the hilt with histrionics, neuroses, and paranoia all intact. The conclusion is a bit unsatisfying but the fact that it managed to draw us in up to that point is commendable.
May 15, 2017
Elevated to 3 star status thanks to a suitably unhinged performance from Leigh.
April 21, 2017
Holy! Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh have intense chemistry in this movie that causes suspense between the two characters throughout! Every moment is filled with suspense that drives whoever is watching it to the edge of their seat/s!
February 1, 2017
Director, Barbet Schroeder, directs a stellar psychological thriller/drama about a psycho roommate who threatens to take over someone's life, and friends. The score by, Howard Shore, captures the emotional scenes, and the very scary intense ones. The acting from the 2 leads, Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, is phenomenal. They have great chemistry together, and it's very intense when it needs to be, and emotional when it needs to be. The film captures that fun feeling you get when you watch 90's thrillers, and this is definitely one to get.
½ December 16, 2016
An uncomfortable and disturbing thriller that keeps you on edge. A little graphic at times. Jennifer Jason Leigh was excellent as the psychotic roommate. (First and only full viewing - 4/1/2009)
July 2, 2016
This film desperately wants to be a Roman Polanski psychological thriller, but ends up coming across as a Lifetime Channel thriller, albeit a slickly made one. Bridget Fonda plays a 1990s New York career gal who breaks up with her cheating boyfriend, Steven Weber. She puts out an ad for a new roommate and gets Jennifer Jason Leigh, who has all sorts of red flags that she's crazy and yet somehow no one seems to do anything to get rid of her. Leigh becomes obsessed with Fonda and slowly tries to become her, wearing her clothes, taking her hairstyle, to the point of trying to share her boyfriend's bed. Director Barbet Schroeder is certainly capable of making a smart film (i.e. "Reversal of Fortune" or "Barfly"), so I think I'll lay blame on the script by Don Roos, which seems implausible, corny and predictable. It's a bad script that's surrounded by some superb talent. Some of that talent includes one of my all-time favorite character actors, Stephen Tobolowsky, as a creepy sexually harassing boss. There's a fine score by Howard Shore, and the film was shot by Luciano Tovoli, who also photographed the amazing "Suspiria" and "Tenebrae." Not believable, not suspenseful (until maybe the end), but it's slickly made and kind of pretty to look at.
½ June 7, 2016
lol @ their idea of computers in the 90s
½ April 21, 2016
Psycho-thriller with Jennifer Jason Leigh at her cutest/creepiest. A bit long and overdramatic, this film epitomizes the 90s horror genre- complete with the intense lighting. Rating: 7.5 / 10
½ February 15, 2016
Fonda plays a nice fearful girl, and Jennifer Jason Leigh is frightening as a roommate from Hell. Reading the synopsis you may roll your eyes, but while watching the film, you find yourself believing that this psychotic woman could actually exist.
Super Reviewer
½ February 15, 2016
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.
½ February 14, 2016
"Single White Female" is the type of thriller best enjoyed when you embrace its insanity. The sooner you warm up to the way it looks and acts like a glistening, classic Lifetime TV movie, the better a time you'll have; like 1992's "The Handle That Rocks the Cradle," another pulse-pounder similar in its bedlam brazenness, exhilaration solely depends on your attitude. Poised with eye rolls and you'd be better off hopping onto a thrill ride offered in a different decade. Sitting rigidly and expecting mania to come your way and you might be surprised by how much fun you have going along on the adventure.
Realistically, "Single White Female" is a film that will only decrease in respectability with age - infamy suits it better than classic status, and it isn't a necessary watch unless you relish that period in the earlier part of the 1990s when erotic thrillers ran ramped and audiences still liked their movies seasoned with a dash of melodramatic spiciness. So I'll truthfully call out "Single White Female" for being more guilty pleasure than art, but basking in the glory of a guilty pleasure wasn't a crime the last time I checked, and this one's worthy of a taste.
You might be familiar with how its story goes, anyway. The film stars the ravishing Bridget Fonda as Allison Jones, a career girl whose healthy balance between a professional life and a romantic one is thrown out of orbit when it is discovered that her long-term boyfriend (Steven Weber) cheated on her with his ex-wife. Disgusted with his dishonesty and feeling the need to start her life anew, Allison decides that living alone, especially in the wake of a devastating breakup, is not much appealing. Why not take the daring route and look for a roommate?
She puts an ad in the newspaper, and most applicants don't quite click. Too many neurotics, too many individuals with obvious baggage, show up on her doorstep. So she figures herself lucky when Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a shy but caring young woman, walks in toward the end of the application process and proves herself to be a good fit. Somewhat passive but nurturing and respectful all the same, transition is smooth - friendship prospers speedily, and being single might not be such a bad thing for Allison after all.
But just as the situation starts to ease, things begin to get questionable. Hedy reveals herself to be increasingly (and alarmingly) possessive, reacting melodramatically if Allison stays out late or has a complaint about someone at work. It all particularly worsens when the latter gets back together with her boyfriend, causing jealousy to spread within Hedy. Rising, strange behaviors, are prompted, including the purchases of several of Allison's outfits, erratic mood swings, and, my personal favorite, the eyebrow raising decision to get her hair cut in the exact same fashion as her roommate. If these aren't warning signs, then I'm not sure what I'd call them - a shame Allison waits such a long time before taking Hedy's obsessions seriously. Her past isn't shady for nothing, after all.
By the time "Single White Female" screeches to a halt, Hedra Carlson announces herself as being one of the most memorable movie villains of the '90s, played by Leigh with convincing instability that prevents her from being ludicrously over the top. Though we're left doubting the film's plausibility a lot of the time - most in Allison's predicament would certainly not ignore the red flags that smother Hedra's persona so often - the film is good at what it does, which, in this case, is posing as a thriller that runs high on freaky design and low on understatement. And I respond to films like this, ones so wild and fatteningly galvanizing that we can hardly do anything but lick our lips as the goings get increasingly rough, to an explosive point of no return. Fonda, looking much like Shirley MacLaine, is a spunky heroine, chic and confident, Leigh a suitable, Joan Crawfordian villainess.
"Single White Female" doesn't get any points in terms of how it's aged - in the twenty-four years since its release, its datedness has begun to show since thrillers mostly rely on the restrained nowadays - but this is a fun, shabby, and decently stylish roller coaster ride.
November 29, 2015
One of the most 90s movies possible.
October 21, 2015
Jännitystä vapaapäivään... enpäs muistanutkaan, että elokuvan loppu on ällöttävän raaka, hyi. (Suom. Nuori naimaton nainen)
½ September 23, 2015
A pretty cheesy but entertaining thriller that could have been better with a more serious director.
½ August 8, 2015
The concept has left much more of an imprint on pop culture rather than the actual movie itself. It lacks any real suspense and is just fun kitsch more than anything.
½ July 2, 2015
the film that defined the term 'deadly roommate'
Bridget Fonda and David Weber are in a strained relationship so Alison figures a new roommate will be the perfect outlet to get away from the emotional complications
Heddy seems like the perfect applicant; kind, caring, and sympathetic but things as you would imagine take a dark turn as Heddy becomes more obsessive of her roommate and her personal life
the film slogs a lot but the leads stunningly bounce off of one another creating that uneasy afraid-of-living-with-someone vibe
deeply unsettling
½ April 6, 2015
Heading nowhere and seems two trains in the same track.
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