The Perfect Guy (2015)


Critic Consensus: The Perfect Guy threatens to tip into enjoyably depraved territory, but ultimately settles for timid thriller clichés.


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After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger. When her ex-boyfriend resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (12)

A reasonably engaging thriller with some topical overtones.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Scene after scene exists only to deliver facts for later: Carter's family background; the location of Leah's spare housekey; the presence of a mildly nosy neighbor and a clumsily introduced pet cat.

Sep 15, 2015 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

You've seen it a thousand times before.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

I love Sanaa Lathan, except when she has to play dumb. And, boy, does The Perfect Guy need her to be dumb.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

A glossy, cliché-laden revenge thriller about the perils of meeting Mr. Too Good To Be True.

Sep 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Decent trash that could have been delicious trash with a little more daring.

Sep 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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Tame and underwhelming. I enjoy this genre, even some pretty bad installments of it. Though the acting is okay, it just made no impression on me.

Nicki Marie
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More melodrama than shear horror, this slick looking but far from Perfect urban thriller shows a heel going from 0 to Psycho but its true villain proves to be the cliché. If The Perfect Guy seems all-too-familiar, look no further than any and all homicidal stalker flicks you've ever seen. Rather than be choosy, the movie mines from both the best (Klute, Play Misty for Me) AND worst (Fear, No Good Deed) of the bunch, piling the tired tropes of the genre at the feet of moviegoers like a cat does dead mice. Breaking and entering the victim's home? Check. Hiding in her closet? Check. Watching her as she sleeps? Check. Stealing her pet? Check. Causing her to take vindictive action? Check yourself before you wreck yourself. About the only 'unique' thing that these routine thrillers can do is to change the sex (Obsessed) or age (The Boy Next Door) of the stalker around, but The Perfect Guy keeps this dynamic traditional (the stalker's a deranged ex-boyfriend) and tries being twisty by bringing the victim's other ex-boyfriend into the picture just as the craziness starts to boil over. In this PG-13-rated thriller, a successful lobbyist (Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Ealy), only for her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) to resurface and blur the line as to whom she should trust and whom she should fear. Director David M. Rosenthal's movie might not end up as very suspenseful, but his effort at least looks good despite the troubling lack of thrills. Despite being a polished thriller, The Perfect Guy simply can't keep you on the edge of your seat when you've already seen every trick up its very short sleeves. Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Morris Chestnut make for one fine looking cast but this talented group of players deserves better material that's not largely recycled. Bottom line: Guy Problems

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

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