The Rental

critic Reviews

74% Fresh Tomatometer Score74%
  • Some tricky genre juggling makes The Rental a bit of a fixer-upper, but effective chills and a solid cast make this a fine destination for horror fans.
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    Mark OlsenLos Angeles Times
    While the performances ensure that the movie is always watchable, the hesitant storytelling makes it far from compelling, a bad trip about a bummer vacation.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    It might not make you skip your next weekend trip, but it will make you think twice about where you decide to stay.
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    Bill GoodykoontzArizona Republic
    Franco builds up a nice sense of dread, throws in some uncomfortable human conflict, stirs it up and lets it all explode.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    There may be some existential meaning to The Rental's abrupt, too easy ending. But if you ask me, I think Dave Franco ran out of money, time, and ideas.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    While it's easy to see a lot of Franco's influences in The Rental, he still finds a way to make this house his own.
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    Oliver JonesObserver
    Had the writing been deft enough to properly germinate them, there are seeds of ideas about the toxicity of aspirational real estate and those that indifferently own it that could have possibly have flowered into something worth exploring.
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    Rene SanchezCine Sin Fronteras
    An effective horror film that slowly builds up a brilliantly tense atmosphere, keeping you at the edge of your seat. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Frank WilkinsReel Reviews
    The Rental is a smartly realized screw-turning ride that never lets up.
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    Franco has a sure hand in setting up the situation and allowing the tension to keep ratcheting up one level after another until you're fully engaged in the characters' plight (Full Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Sex, etc. - also Available)
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    Abbie BernsteinAssignment X
    The Rental is well-made (apart from some crew reflections that show up in an early scene with lots of glass), ominous and suspenseful. It's seldom actually scary, though, and by the end, it seems like it ought to be.
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