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Based on 35 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Columbus' schizoid approach works more often than not. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    With heavy HIV subtext and a couple of actors who have scored in other films, this La Bohème spinoff about fatal illness, drug addiction and eviction ought to be less of a slog than it is. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Heart-breakingly awful -- slow, lugubrious, and misconceived to the point of baffling amateurism. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Chris Columbus' relatively faithful and intermittently affecting adaptation boasts the boisterous vitality of its performers, particularly Jesse L. Martin and Wilson Jermaine Heredia as lovers Tom and Angel. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    As a conventional drama, Rent would be a pretty corny soap opera. As filmed theater, it's only slightly more convincing. The saving graces - and there are many - are Larson's original songs and the comfortable fit of its ensemble cast. show more

  • 100
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    One of the best film musicals in years -- exuberant, sexy and life affirming in equal measure. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    It's a pretty good version of a pretty great stage phenomenon. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    Now a vastly larger audience has the chance to experience the masterwork of a prodigiously talented man who died far too young. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    If you fell in love with the big-hearted sentimentality of Rent when you saw it onstage, the film version will remind you why. If you think Jonathan Larson's musical is ponderous agitprop, the movie won't change your view. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    On film, Rent is the sound of one hand clapping. show more

  • December 02, 2013 proski4
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    It\'s New York, it\'s about a life in lower NY that is changing. Anybody who knows this part of NY will identify with it. The movie stays with you. Loved the show as well

  • May 15, 2011 philbarb
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    best musical in its tome

  • July 03, 2008 grease da word
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    This movie was Awesome! it really touched me. I wanted 2 see the Broadway Show...........

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