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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Unremittingly bleak and hopelessly outdated parable of American race relations. show more

  • 40
    Frank Scheck The 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. show more

  • 63
    New York Post

    Harry likes Willie's white girlfriend, played by the Australian actress Rose Byrne with a riveting, sad sexiness. So much screen time is devoted to the men that her part is underwritten, but there are novels in her eyes. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Harkening back to a time when race relations in New York City were even worse than they seem today. show more

  • 42
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    The stage is set for a full-scale racial conflict, but neither actor is really up to the task - McDermott seems lost in his voluminous beard and Snoop Dogg spits his lines out. show more

  • 70
    Mark Holcomb Village Voice

    Stilted and gloomy as it sounds (and sometimes is), The Tenants gets by on its nimble approximation of Malamud's robust prose, subtle turns of deadpan humor and gut-tingling menace, and remarkable performances. McDermott does credible work here, but Snoop's casting is a stroke of genius. show more

  • 70

    There's something endearingly bookish about a movie whose single most frightening shot involves the possibility of an ax being taken to a typewriter. show more

  • 50
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Isn't exactly bad and isn't exactly good. It's raw in some places and overcooked in others. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The message about race relations in America conveyed by The Tenants, a small, serious, but choppy and psychologically cauterized screen adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1971 novel, is dire. show more

  • 50
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Keeps grimly glued to its one-note premise, relieved by nary a glimmer of humor, surprise or personality. show more

  • January 27, 2014 barbara92341
    Report This User

    Good Grief - if any movie would stir up any more racial hatred than this movie, I cannot imagine which one it could be. There is no way that a Beautiful White Jewish Girl is going to have a White Hating Racist Black man, jobless and without any personality or good looks as a boyfriend. No way!

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