The Lodger
The Lodger (2009)

Malcolm Slaight arrives at the home of Joe and Ellen Bunting. Ellen is happy to make a little extra money, but also becomes enamored by the charm and eccentricities of this mysterious Lodger. Meanwhile, police detective Chandler Manning… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An accomplished cast can't save a derivative suspense flick that manages to confuse and bore rather than thrill.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

The cast works hard to make you believe they believe what the screenwriter tells them to believe. But in the end, it all seems contrived and silly.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A good cast can't save The Lodger, the utterly wrongheaded fourth movie version of a 1910 novel inspired by Jack the Ripper that was most famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1926.

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Gregory Weinkauf

A smart and creepy thriller transposing a classic London tale to in-your-face modern Los Angeles. Helmer David Ondaatje's deft handling of actors and subtle twists demand a second viewing.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

This strained, empty effort doesn't work as homage or update, and in its darkly violent sensibility has neither the glamour of Brian De Palma's referential nightmares or even the narrative fuel of the serial-killer-obsessed procedurals that dominate tv.

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John Anderson

What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start.

David Cornelius

What might have played out as a passable whodunit becomes instead a frustrating drag.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Filled with second-rate Brian DePalma twists, noirishly blurred lights and usually solid actors mouthing potboiler brine, The Lodger resembles bottom-shelf '80s dreck.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The Lodger is a spooky story ruined by lumpen dialogue, cloddish performances and a director and writer (David Ondaatje) oblivious to both.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Burdened by a cliche-ridden burnt-out-cop movie screenplay and over-the-top performances that don't mesh, this is a thriller that doesn't thrill as much as it irritates.

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Okay thriller, seen better, seen worse.
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This is a fairly surprisingly good film with great twists and turns that ive seen in a very long time! its really worth a watch!!
John Me
Decent little thriller that will keep your attention and keep you guessing until the end. Worth a check!
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