With few scares and minimal characterization, The Roommate is really just a far-below-par thriller that desperately wishes it were a different movie -- a longing it shares with the audience.
Keith Staskiewicz - Entertainment Weekly
We could not possibly care less.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Kelly and Meester hit their marks and look pretty doing it, while supporting players Cam Gigandet, Billy Zane and Aly Michalka fade into the background so blandly that viewers will never remember they were there.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"The Roommate'' is dumb about psychology and suspense.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
If ever a thriller were to inspire a collective "eh," it's got to be "The Roommate." It's not a good movie, by any means, but it's also not bad enough to have fun hating on.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Won't evict "Single White Female" from its top-floor residence among psycho-roomie cinema.
Rob Nelson - Variety
Danish director Christian E. Christiansen does nothing remotely chilling iwth the visuals or the tempo, so the movie leans heavily on John Frizzell's strident string-heavy score. Even efforts at playing the titillation game with his stars feel meek and PG
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Unfortunately, The Roommate is too timid to make an impression of any kind.
Jason Anderson - Toronto Star
Innocent young college girl moves in with psycho roommate. You know the rest.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
The movie is exploitative schlock; both its
stars -- particularly Meester, who has something, although she herself has
perhaps not yet figured out what -- deserve better.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The Roommate - the umpteenth uncredited remake of 1992's Single White Female - sucks bad, real bad.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Without tension or suspense, the film is too gloomy and chaste to be a naughty exploitation picture but also too brainless to work as anything more real.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Instead of attempting to create a unique thriller, the filmmakers chose to make a typical one with bland characters and lackluster twists.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
it's hardly worth sticking around for the routine climax of this toothless thriller just to see the ocular sweets get all chewed up and mangled.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
One dry hump of almost thrills that are incredibly lackluster and void of any sort of suspense or tension.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
the direction of the film is fraught with problems, and one feels that the promising young cast deserved better than this.
James Luxford - The National
A storyline that unimaginatively rehashes countless pivotal elements from other stalker-themed movies means that the whole production is a dull and pointless exercise that twists and turns in precisely the manner you expect it to.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It might be genius compared to Single White Female 2: The Psycho, but know that The Roommate is ultimately about as sensitive as that dtv sequel sounds.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
It is as bland as movies get. There's not one single nod or wink to the audience and it never manages to develop even an iota of suspense. What's really weird is its complete reliance on a slick modern rock soundtrack that never seems to stop.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
More fun than getting stabbed, at least.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
... a Miss Teen "Fatal Attraction" ‒ with baked kitten replacing rabbit stew on the menu.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Christainsen chooses a teen-friendly rating over cheap titillation and his uneven tone squanders all the ingredients for a good horror movie completely.
Thom Atkinson - The Skinny
Christiansen's witless, badly acted thriller is a throwback to the early 1990s.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
The biggest jolt the film can muster comes when the viewer's head hits the back of the chair after nodding off
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A disaster from start to finish.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Elicits snores and guffaws thanks to workmanlike 'shock' moments and obvious twists.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
You could spend the entire movie texting your friends and not miss a thing, which I suppose its target audience may consider an asset.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The plot never picks up steam, there are gaping implausibilities and the characters are achingly dull, with the exception of Billy Zane's hilariously smarmy and sleazy professor.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
There are some interestingly nasty moments and some chills, but it's predictable and derivative.
The Roommate can't be taken seriously - for all Meester's genuine efforts, it's basically moronic games with the mentally ill - but it also misses the opportunity to go for broke, into a zone of full-tilt trash that might at least have been some fun.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Billy Zane's toe-curlingly awful turn as a preening design professor turns out to be the main entertainment value on display.
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
Lacking any suspense or twists, it's entirely predictable, with every step telegraphed in advance but none of the scenes played out with any conviction.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Let down by a lazy script, a lacklustre leading performance from Minka Kelly and a frustrating tendency to cop out of the expected nasty moments.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This is trash of the tamest variety which elicits a few mild shudders at most.
- Time Out
Covering tediously familiar territory, this is only enlivened by the appearance of Billy Zane's fashion guru in a grey check tam-o-shanter declaring his love of Yves Saint Laurent.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Lazy, ugly, boring, inept, brainless, pointless, bloodless, tension-less, idea-less, suspense-less, naked-less, acting-less.
Dave White - Movies.com
You can follow every dull detail and predictable plot device without ever glancing up from your cell phone.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The cliches come thick and fast in this ponderous thriller.
James White - Empire Magazine
Cat lovers may be unnerved, but fright fans will just yawn their way to the exit.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
The Roommate has the seed of a promising thriller in its premise yet never taps into the anxiety of discovering that the person designated to share your space makes you uncomfortable.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
The blandest thriller unimaginable; it's like watching the vacuum of outer space on a screen for 93 minutes. The story and direction are so lobotomized, only some evil computer, using commercial-formulas and genre-algorithms, could have manufactured it.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
As interesting as its title.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Evict this roommate.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A timid psychological study with no plausible psychology at work, the film is remarkable in its emptiness.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
...an uneven, disappointingly tame entry within the otherwise solid blank-from-hell genre.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A thrill-free thriller...which dredges up every cliche of the genre and then bungles each and every one of them.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
'The Roommate' is kind of a 'Single White Female' in a college setting. And it's not rated R, but PG-13, so the young woman demographic can enjoy getting scared.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
The saddest thing about The Roommate is how the filmmakers exploit the clearly ill Rebecca, turning her into a co-ed version of Jason or Freddy Krueger.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
So scare-free it's likely to find its destiny as a My First Horror Movie for tween-girl slumber parties.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Further impediments to this film's credibility are the facts that all the actors appear too old to be playing college students and the characters live on a campus that is eerily deserted.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Roommate in need of eviction.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
A poorly directed and even more inadequately imagined exercise in genre calisthenics.
Brent Simon - Screen International
This almost straight knock-off of 'Single White Female' is told in a colorless, A-to-Z manner with very little suspense, no clever twists, and no visual style.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It would be presumptuous to declare that in the first weekend of February, we've already found the worst film of 2011... but The Roommate encourages that kind of presumption.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Lookalikes Meester and Kelly co-star in this frightless thriller. It is all predicable and has been done to death in many previous movies and TV shows.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A suspense thriller sans the element of suspense is apt to disappoint even an audience arriving with low expectations.
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
No scares, no gore, no boobs, no anything: The Roommate plays like a thriller that's already edited itself for airplanes.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
Lukewarm, sexually tinged thriller has some bloody scenes.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It explores that roommates can be, you know, like a total drag sometimes.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The Roommate is Single White Female for the CW set, but even more so, it's a naked depiction of beauty as the key to attaining everything, and thus something to be coveted with murderous tenacity.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
You want it to be satisfyingly stupid, and it is. A sense of humor about garbage like this goes a long way.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
I can sum it up like this: no boobs, no blood, no point. Walk away from this one please!
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Not only does the film fail to deliver one single chill, but it also looks dreadful -- cinematographer Phil Parmet delivers a constant dull murkiness, as though he filmed everything through a used coffee filter.
Alonso Duralde - HitFix
Just about as inspired as its title.
The Roommate isn't just one of the worst films you'll ever see, it's one of the worst films you'll ever see directed by an Oscar nominee.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
An unimaginative, unbearable moviegoing event...Crazy bitch, PG-13-o-nized cinema deserves a more captivating representation than these two wet-lipped paper dolls.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
none of it adds up to much, as should be expected from a film that can't even get a good laugh out of Billy Zane playing a college professor
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
The suspense isn't suspenseful. The plot twists are transparent. The pacing of the film is rocky. And the movie has the subtlety of a gorilla with a jack-hammer.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's efficiently-produced padding that can be used to fluff out the resumes of a few young Hollywood members.
Peter Hall - Cinematical
The Roommate is a thriller with no thrills. Those hoping for compensation in the way of tasteful semi-naked scenes with the beautiful young cast can forget that, too.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
It's exactly what you thought it would be: A plagiarized, campus-set Single White Female pitched to teens, The Roommate traces over scenes from Barbet Schroeder's sleepover classic with no notable improvement.
Nick Pinkerton - L.A. Weekly
It's the stuff of a late-night channel-surfer's dreams. The film's sure-to-be-brief theatrical release is a mere stopover on the way to basic-cable eternity.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
What's most memorable about this plodding thriller are the copious amounts of foundation and lip gloss.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
Plot wise, the script is super generic, but the first act, as the two coeds get to know one another, moves at a nice pace.
Peter Paras - E! Online
A master class in ineptitude.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Its most fiendish moment comes when one girl yanks out another's bellybutton ring. Not that -- anything but that!
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
In the theater where I saw it, the tedium was broken only by the sound of Angry Birds being played on iPhones.
Elvis Mitchell - Movieline
A dull, unpleasant thriller with no pulse, no thrills, and no soul. Staring into an empty movie theater with a black screen would be more appealing.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
It's a lazy, bloodless, pointless, boring piece of work, lacking even the conviction to deliver a little cheap exploitation.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
A would-be psycho-thriller without one camera angle or line of dialogue to jolt you. It is awful, yet probably needs to make a ton just to earn back its lip-gloss budget.
Caryn James - James on screenS
How this meek thriller manages to cycle through so many titillating elements, without producing any actual titillation, is something of an accomplishment.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Labeling The Roommate a psychological thriller is like calling the Twilight films horror movies because they have vampires and werewolves in them.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies