The Tenant
The Tenant (1976)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 26, 1976
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A rough-edged thriller that lacks the precision of Polanski's best work, but makes up for it with its skillful mounting of paranoia, dread, and dark themes.

Variety Staff

It has a humorous tang, underlying the macabre.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

As a film by Polanski, it's unspeakably disappointing.

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Emanuel Levy

This creepy psychological thriller, dealing with paranoia and split identity, is one of Polanski's most underestimated films.

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Time Out

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.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Poorly received on its release, it has since become a cult fave.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film is superbly acted by Mr. Polanski, Mr. Douglas and Miss Winters.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The end result is somewhere between Franz Kafka and William Castle, but still worth seeing.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A disturbing and poignant anthology of Roman Polanski's favourite, oppressive themes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I think I know what happened. But I'm not sure. Opening shots of apartment windows are amazing.
Aj V
My favourite Polanski movie of all! He stars in it as well, and he's so cute! The story is really strange and suspenseful. I love it, and I highly… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Though it's slow--and doesn't come near the brilliance of the classic Rosemary's Baby or the cinematic masterpiece that was Polanski's… More
Robert C
Probably my least favorite of the Polanski "Apartment Trilogies", but certaily not without merit. I have to say that (for the most part) my first… More
Chris Weber
Let's just say that the rating is somewhere between 3.5-4, and that the grade is around a strong B to a B+. Part of Polanski's "Apartment… More
Conner Rainwater
An extremely underrated Roman Polanski film and actually one of his most well done thrillers. It combines a lot of the elements from Repulsion and Rosemaryâ??s… More