It's doubtful that Obsessed will stick in the popular imagination for more than two weeks, because the movie is borderline ludicrous, and it jams its characters into rigid slots.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Obsessed, a clanking, low-rent imitation of Fatal Attraction, lacks both the original film's imagination and moral ambiguity.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Idris Elba, so good in The Wire, looks a long way from Baltimore in this overcooked Fatal Attraction-style yarn about a cocksure executive laid low by the office temp.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
Great-looking actors, glossy locations and a knock-down, drag-out girlfight still don't make Obsessed anything more than a predictable and tawdry Fatal Attraction-style guilty pleasure.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
As far as the crazy-stalker-chick genre goes, Obsessed isn't horrible. It's just intensely simple-minded.
Dan Zak - Washington Post
Obsessed dutifully revises the 'blank from hell' genre which gave the world ridiculous, misogynist thrillers in the mid-1980s and early 1990s.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
More like Delayed Frustration than Fatal Attraction.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
This biracial entry in the psycho-bitch stalker sweepstakes is inept and stupid but not without its base pleasures.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
One doesn't expect a movie of this type to be plausible, but this one stretches the plausibility factor past the snapping point to the unintentional-laughter point.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Spends much time spinning its wheels and making auds practically beg for an explanation to all the madness and obsession.
John Anderson - Variety
Whoever thought remaking Fatal Attraction as a PG-13 thriller was a good idea earns much of the blame for this laughably arch dud.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If the producers had done their work properly on Obsessed, I would not now be wishing I could reclaim the two hours I wasted on this tepid, sexless, thrill-free melodrama.
Greg Quill - Toronto Star
Obsessed is a safe, dull morality play. The most that can be said on its behalf is that, unlike Fatal Attraction, no bunnies were boiled in the picture.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
Obsessed takes far too long to get cooking, and it works so hard at not being exploitation that it loses sight of its reasons for existing in the first place.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Until Beyonce and Ali Larter duke it out at the climax, this is one dull film.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
I'd call this stenchcloud 'Fatal Attraction meets The Temp,' but that would insult those movies.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Obsessed, is short on dimension and subtlety, but it turns into a mess believable enough to keep us invested.
Gary Goldstein - Los Angeles Times
Fans of the Final Destination flicks should enjoy seeing how Larter's horror roots are revisited in the over-the-top climax of this trashy exercise in glossy B-movie-making.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
David Fear - Time Out
"I knew it would come to this," hisses Sharon when finding Lisa lurking around her beautiful Brentwood home--at which point I exclaimed, "Me too!"--and then the fun (and, for many, the entire purpose of the film) starts.
Leo Goldsmith - Reverse Shot
Seldom does a movie thriller misfire so severely as this one.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Obsessed left me completely uninterested
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Another movie that demonstrates it's bad feng shui to place a glass coffee table beneath a chandelier beneath an attic that can't even support the weight of a blond wearing little more than the whipped-cream bikini she sported in 'Varsity Blues.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
They did this movie a few years ago. It was called "The Temp". So many holes in the plot, I stopped counting. An unintentional laugh riot!
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Not even the lovely Beyonce Knowles can save this cliched thriller.
Mickey McMonagle - Sunday Mail [UK]
Slow, one-note and climactically risible.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Horrid, hackneyed and half-witted.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The best ladies' final to be seen this side of the French Open.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
It's execrable; a fist-chewing embarrassment that has no right to a theatrical release.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
If Obsessed were a perfume, it would ming like happy hour at a squids' brothel. This atrocious, and atrociously derivative affair is not only an early contender for worst film of 2009.
Ali Catterall - Film4
It could be the least erotic thriller ever made, unless die-you-bitch catfights through broken attic floorboards constitute some sort of kinky subgenre.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Everyone involved should feel cheap and used.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
This is a guilty pleasure from start to finish and there is absolutely nothing new here but Obsessed is brilliant fun.
Simon Thompson - Heart 106.2
Bunny boilers ahoy. This lame and laughable stalker-thriller makes Fatal Attraction look thoughtful.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Obsessed is a particularly silly example of the [bunny boiler] genre with little rhyme or reason to the story and direction that is singularly lacking in subtlety.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Vanity bunkum of the first order wait until TV for this one.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Beyonce's latest movie contains more laughs than the entire output of Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell and Eddie Murphy. Just one problem - Obsessed is meant to be a thriller.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A dim reworking of Fatal Attraction, directed with anonymous efficiency.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Obsessed is both a front runner for the worst movie of the year and a must-see stinker.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Obsessed is silly enough to duck accusations of reverse racism, but too glossy to be in any way sexy: nobody sweats, and the stars have clauses in place to ensure they reveal no more than they have to.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Lurching woozily between daytimesoap psychodrama and a brainless, claws-out, pseudo-feminist slasher flick, Obsessed is one boiled rabbit away from bad-film nirvana.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
Enjoyably rubbish thriller enlivened by strong performances and a decent climax that just about compensates for the film's failures in pacing and plotting.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
So hammy and overwrought that it's actually hysterically entertaining.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
a stylishly empty stab at the genre that makes no bones about its obviousness even as it introduces a deliberately racialized twist
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A silly, contrived film.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Elba and Larter are actually pretty good. Beyonce, through, strikes one note throughout.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Are people not aware of the Lifetime Movie Network, which shows films like this 24 hours a day for free?
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
...performances are convincing for as long as the script will allow.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Obsessed delivers in its limited way, as the audience audibly responds to the characters' choices and actions, even though we know exactly what to expect.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Director Steven Shill and the doltish dialogue don't do much to diminish the film's overt homophobia and misogyny.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
You would be better served by simply watching the video for the Beyonce-Shakira duet "Beautiful Liar"--not only does it do a better job of conveying the same basic story seen here, the choreography is a lot better.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Don't think that exploiting female paranoia and the promise of Knowles throwing punches is enough to make up for your unabashed B-movie hitting the skids at the halfway point.
David Fear - Time Out New York
TV director Steve Shill makes his feature film debut a forgettable one.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
[An] uninspired, generic psycho-chick flick...Puerile and simplistic in its synthetic gimmickry, Obsessed oozes nothing but contempt and a cornball solution for exploiting the repetitive misogynist melodramas
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
I don't mind that Obsessed, is mindless, overheated, undercooked trash. I mind that it's boring mindless, overheated, undercooked trash.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Even as junk, Obsessed isn't kick-ass enough. The wind-up to Sharon's explosion takes too long, and director Steve Shill can't stage a real donnybrook.
Armond White - New York Press
A hollow experience altogether, based entirely on its protagonist's despicable stupidity and unable to connect in a real way to anything human.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This is the movie that should have been titled 'Fighting'
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I hope Jay-Z doesn't add me to his hit list for saying this, right below Chris Brown, but his wife can't act worth a damn when she doesn't get to sing.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
This Screen Gems film initially tries to confront issues of sexual inequality, but it isn't long before Obsessed's hand-wringing tone acquiesces to the material's sleazy absurdity, eliciting more laughs than drama.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Don't look for hot sex or boiled bunnies in Obsessed, a mild-mannered version of Fatal Attraction that seems to be hoping racial politics will fill in for a script.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The immaculate Beyonce Knowles and devastatingly handsome Idris Elba attack their silly parts with a ferocity the gives this dumpy little movie the spark it needs to be compelling.
N.V. Cooper - E! Online
Obsessed makes an inadvertent argument for the monastery.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Natasha Vargas-Cooper - E! Online
'I'm not your typical temp,' said Ali, as she orders a dirty martini, which is a martini in a glass raised by wolves.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A ludicrous psychodrama that offers vicarious thrills, particularly the highly-publicized, climactic catfight.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Bottle blonde sexpot in heat with boundary issues on McMansion home invasion spree, with alpha male power as the ultimate female aphrodisiac. All that's missing is the stained blue dress. I did not have sex with that woman, she had sex with me.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A compelling reminder that Hell still hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when she's a crazy, two-faced psycho.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Just when I want cheese, you give me caviar.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Too "safe" to be a provocative thriller or an incendiary drama, and it's way too flat and sedate to qualify as a movie bad enough to mock.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
What do you get when you put two of Hollywood's worst actresses, Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter in the same movie? A surprisingly decent little paint by the numbers thriller.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Tawdry potboiler...a very bad rip-off of Fatal Attraction.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Shades of gray? Moral ambiguity? Who needs 'em. Obsessed traffics in catharsis--we aren't here to learn about the human condition, we just want to watch Beyonce tromp a tramp.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
a grandly sensational, relentlessly exploitative B-movie revival of the highest order
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
Gene Siskel used to talk about the Idiot Plot - a plot that could be resolved in five minutes, were all the characters not complete idiots. Obsessed represents the dictionary definition of the Idiot Plot.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The payoff might be the perfect visceral ending for your aggressive modern woman, but a fine piece of storytelling it is not.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Obsessed is best enjoyed as glossy, campy fantasy
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
A predictable, trashily entertaining time-filler. There are signs in the first half that it could have been more than that, and this is why disappointment sets in.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Director Shill doesn't get fancy building tension from his nonsensical male-anxiety mayhem, allowing Knowles's beguiling fierceness and Larter's sexualized cunning to carry much of the prurient load.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
This is one of those impossible horror movies, like the kind about giant radioactive ants or invading aliens who want to steal our water. Lisa is just a crazy psychotic bitch...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
When wronged wife and crazy lady finally let loose on each other in the film's final scenes, Obsessed becomes a wildly campy and deliciously trashy must-see.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
A trashy, empty calorie thriller that plays with racial bugaboos and DTV slasher conventions for a cheap, conversation-with-the-screen response. Oh my, this picture is junk food, but worse, it's an absolute toothless bore.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Dave White - Movies.com
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
It's strictly a generic thriller, perhaps the 105th blatant rip-off of 'Fatal Attraction', but not without its own guilty pleasures.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
The climax arrives in the form of a glorious girl-on-girl smackdown that will someday make a fine clip on YouTube. Until then, do what the actors should've done: hold out for something better.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
If you know the title, you know everything you're going to learn about the movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Obsessed is your typical stalker thriller but is horrifically written and terribly overacted. I am bitter I had to pay to see it since it did not screen to critics.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch