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This film adaptation of the Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini's opera +La Bohème features many members of the original cast. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. AIDS and both its physical and emotional complications pervade the lives of Roger (Adam Pascal), Mimi (Rosario Dawson), Tom (Jesse L. Martin), and Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia); Maureen (Idina Menzel) deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne (Tracie Thoms), wonders if their relationship is worth the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie, directed without a personal stamp of any kind by Chris Columbus, is so slick that the grime comes from a spray can and the grungy bohemian costumes look rented from a Betsey Johnson boutique sale."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"RENT is mediocre and recommended only to those who can claim a familiarity with the play."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"If a bunch of models living in a huge apartment without income is America, then I live in Bizarro World..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Crafted with obvious care and deep love by director Chris Columbus and his team."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Beautiful cinematography and great acting assure an enjoyable experience for fans of the musical, but there are better options for people who don't already love it."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It's real -- and, on screen, it's really cringe-worthy. Not quite Phantom of the Opera cringe-worthy, but not as much fun to blow raspberries at, either."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"As strong as the music is, there's not much tying Rent together; it's a series of sequences, not a story."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"film, za razliku od predstave, daleko bolje isti%u010De jednodimenzionalnost i neuvjerljivost likova"
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"For all the big themes Rent deals with -- love, death, injustice, community -- it still seems a bit superficial"
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"Fans of the original might greet this adaptation with mixed emotions, while curious newcomers are left with an earnest but ultimately pointless big-screen byproduct."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"The film captures the beautiful spirit and the raw energy of Larson's play, and it respects the wonderful, gorgeous, life-affirming music."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A TV-special metallic ring hangs over the whole production, skimming surfaces without touching emotion"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Recommended, but only for shut-ins who can't make it to a local live theater production of the play."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Fans of the original stage production won't be disappointed, but as a film it's frequently tedious and way too long."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It comes off like a sequel to the ever-annoying Fame where the kids never moved out of New York or learned anything from Debbie Allen."
‑ Collin Souter,
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