The Temp
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The Temp is yet another installment in the 1990s thriller genre of "the conniving woman who gets back at all who stand in her way to success," as seen in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Single White Female, Basic Instinct, The Crush, The Babysitter, et al. In this rehash of the perennial formula, Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton), a marketing executive for a cookie company that has recently been bought out by another firm, is forced to hire temporary help when his regular office assistant, Lance (Scott Coffey) takes paternity leave. Into the breach comes Kris Bolen (Lara Flynn Boyle),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As written by Kevin Falls and directed by Tom Holland, The Temp starts well and runs into trouble about midway through."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Cheesy, despite decent performances"
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"The Temp manages to involve and entertain in a crafty B-movie way even if what it is is only a fraction of what it promises."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The Temp is as unimaginative as thrillers get, with a plot-by-numbers script and insipid direction."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The gimmick of The Temp runs dry really fast and is not worth investing the time to see what happens."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"If you're in need of a good giggle, go rent The Temp right now."
‑ Stephen Rebello, Movieline
"Some of the movie plays as if it were intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but other parts are played straight, making it appear that Holland and his screenwriter Kevin Falls couldn't make up their minds about what sort of movie they wanted to make."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The Temp is a wholly ridiculous little thriller, yet it repeatedly goes above and beyond the 'so bad it's good' realm."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"As another entry in the 'don't-trust- anyone' paranoia thrillers that have taken over the fright genre of late, The Temp is one of the dumbest."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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