The Tenant
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Director Roman Polanski casts himself in the lead of the psychological thriller The Tenant. Trelkovsky (Polanski) rents an apartment in a spooky old residential building, where his neighbors -- mostly old recluses -- eye him with suspicious contempt. Upon discovering that the apartment's previous tenant, a beautiful young woman, jumped from the window in a suicide attempt, Trelkovsky begins obsessing over the dead woman. Growing increasingly paranoid, Trelkovsky convinces himself that his neighbors plan to kill him. He even comes to the conclusion that Stella (Isabel Adjani), the woman he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It has a humorous tang, underlying the macabre."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As a film by Polanski, it's unspeakably disappointing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This creepy psychological thriller, dealing with paranoia and split identity, is one of Polanski's most underestimated films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film [is] extremely, scarily effective (it is also surprisingly funny)."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Tenant carries the most shocking double climax in all of cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"As the plot escalates into increasingly arbitrary excesses of fantasy and heads for the predictable pay-off, the movie looks more and more like a potboiler."
‑ , Time Out
"It's an exercise in urban paranoia and mental disintegration that echoes or anticipates everything from Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby to Bitter Moon and The Pianist."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Poorly received on its release, it has since become a cult fave."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Although overshadowed by director Roman Polanski's more famous horror efforts... The Tenant is in many ways superior - a haunting, mesmerizing tale of a man's loss of identity and descent into madness."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"The Tenant is one of Roman Polanski's greatest and darkest films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film is superbly acted by Mr. Polanski, Mr. Douglas and Miss Winters."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The end result is somewhere between Franz Kafka and William Castle, but still worth seeing."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A disturbing and poignant anthology of Roman Polanski's favourite, oppressive themes."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Owing to the very same personal urgency that makes it a masterpiece, it is overwhelmingly solipsistic and ultimately alienating."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Polanski directs Polanski in this creepy tale of isolation and bad real estate."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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