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Parents' Guide to

The Roommate

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lukewarm, sexually tinged thriller has some bloody scenes.

Movie PG-13 2011 93 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

If you enjoy thrillers.

You’ll enjoy this and the house at the end of the street.
age 14+

The (Boyfriend) is ayyyyy too old for this role!

It's a ok thriller. Interesting and all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (26 ):

At first glance, THE ROOMMATE meets the bar of a successful suspense thriller. Yes, there's the eerie lighting and soundtrack. And it starts with a setup that clearly delineates whom to cheer for and to fear. Clues are dropped immediately that hint at a future, massive confrontation. And there are the requisite references to psychological dysfunction and a subsequent, all-consuming, violent breakdown.

But that doesn't mean it actually works. The film is listless and lazy, lumbering along on clichés that are frankly annoying. Opportunities to add depth -- references to the villain's horrible childhood, for instance, or even her fascination with modern art -- are wasted. Meester gives sinister a good college try, but her character is an odd mix of cheesy and malevolent. Suffice it to say that this is no obsession classic like The Talented Mr. Ripley or Single White Female (which it's clearly referencing). Those were at least entertaining. This one's not.

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