Rent (2005)

In New York's East Village, a group of bohemians struggle to express themselves through their art and strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. Roger is an aspiring… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 23, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fans of the stage musical may forgive Rent its flaws, but weak direction, inescapable staginess and an irritating faux-boho pretension prevent the film from connecting on screen.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

James Berardinelli

RENT is mediocre and recommended only to those who can claim a familiarity with the play.

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Victoria Segal
New Statesman

Chris Columbus, who managed to suck the magic out of the first two Harry Potter films, does the same with this adaptation.

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David Edelstein

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.

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Houston Chronicle

A mediocre, unimaginative, inefficient filmmaker, Columbus delivers a Rent that isn't so much bad as perfunctory.

Joshua Starnes

As strong as the music is, there's not much tying Rent together; it's a series of sequences, not a story.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The film captures the beautiful spirit and the raw energy of Larson's play, and it respects the wonderful, gorgeous, life-affirming music.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

As directed by Columbus, Jonathan Larson's East Village reworking of 'La Boheme' in the age of AIDS retains its calisthenic pathos, as well as most of its original cast, but you'd have to be a real Rent-Head to envisage Academy Awards in its future.

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Fernando F. Croce

A TV-special metallic ring hangs over the whole production, skimming surfaces without touching emotion

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Nothing rings true in this insufferable musical that doesn't have any focus and is filled with awful songs of pedestrian lyrics (some of them sung by… More
Steven Carrier
In trying to let the classic songs and the classic story speak for themselves, Chris Columbus' direction comes off as totally uninspired and boring.… More
Chris Weber
At one point in time, I would have said that I would probably go my whole life without ever watching this film adaptation of one of the longest running and most… More
Jay Hutchinson
A fulfilling film with some catchy music to boot.
Alice Shen
Life-affirming and sexy-fun :~P There was much criticism about reuniting the now thirty-something original Broadway cast to play twenty-somethings, but I… More
Martin Sahlin
Well....The music is good...I can't deny that...but I don't know...I didn't care to much for the story...there wasn't ant development