The Tenants
The Tenants (2006)

Harry Lesser, a Jewish-American writer who is the last remaining tenant in an abandoned New York apartment building, is desperately trying to finish his novel. One day he discovers he is not alone. African-American writer, Willie Spearmint… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 3, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Alternately tedious and bombastic, the film never achieves a consistent tone, and the characters and situations, while seemingly played on a realistic level, are neither remotely credible nor satisfyingly surreal.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The message about race relations in America conveyed by this choppy and psychologically cauterized screen adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1971 novel is dire.

Kam Williams

The stripped-down production looks more like a play than a movie, but all the actors do a decent job with a script which turns increasingly preposterous at every turn.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Snoop Dogg and Bernard Malamud don't often pop up in the same sentence, but they make an effective combination in a quiet little indie called The Tenants.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The stage is set for a full-scale racial conflict, but neither actor is really up to the task.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

There's little that's right about The Tenants.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Unremittingly bleak and hopelessly outdated.

Dana Stevens

There's something about the no-exit, zero-sum logic of the film's rivalry that makes this dingy, grim little indie hard to look away from.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a thoroughly dated and hopelessly irrelevant piece of work...

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Tenants", it is 1972 when Harry Lesser(Dylan McDermott) is writing his third novel in a tenement in Brooklyn where he is… More