Single White Female
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film is smooth, entertaining and believably sophisticated. It has far more sound psychological underpinnings than other movies of its type."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Turns out both of these women are mentally damaged, adding a nice little purple-nurple to the script, giving the actresses something with a little more bite to play with."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The climax is a long time coming, and you can't help feeling that the adaptation would work better as a play."
‑ , Film4
"Borrowing heavily from Bergman's masterpiece Persona, this shallow psychological thriller has a good beginning but poor ending."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite excellent lead performances and numerous memorable scenes, this still feels like two different movies in one."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Schroeder goes through the motions -- the movie is elegantly made -- but this synthetic Hollywood package panders shamelessly to the baser instincts."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A waste of the talented Jennifer Jason Leigh and director Schroder"
‑ Beth Accomando,
"A stylishly shot thriller with several hair-raising moments. Considering that it's directed by Barbet Schroeder and stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, it's also a major disappointment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"decent 90s thriller"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The tension between its content and its trashy form is precisely the key to its vitality. If it were any less cheap, it wouldn't have the same edgy, gut-twisting jolt."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Fluffy thriller, with moments of unintentional humour."
‑ Matt Mueller, Empire Magazine
"Great suspense thriller."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This should be trash, but Fonda and Leigh's performances keep things believably chilling."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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