The Resident

The Resident

When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her. 2.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
The Resident

Omniscore:

Certificate 18
Genre Horror / Suspense
Director Antti Jokinen
Cast Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee Hilary Swank
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Release Date March 2011
Running Time 91 mins
 

When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Take a friend and, if necessary, a bottle of tranquillisers. Sinister apartment movies are a dime a dozen (Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, Pacific Heights), but this one is more powerful than most. By the close you want to put a security camera in your brain to make sure its horrors don’t come haunting after the movie ends.

09/03/2011

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Time Out

Nigel Floyd

Finnish director Antti Jokinen makes effective use of CCTV security footage captured on motion-sensitive cameras that the suspicious Juliet instals; Swank is typically credible as a confident yet vulnerable professional woman; and Morgan is subtly convincing as the insinuating Max. Sadly, Christopher Lee – in his first Hammer movie for 30-plus years – is wasted as Max’s crotchety grandfather.

10/03/2011

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Total Film

Ken McIntrye

A sturdy cast and moody camerawork propel this taut, slow-simmering thriller out of the exploitation gutter; the gonzo psycho-killer climax drags it back in. Generic, yes, but gleeful with it.

09/03/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

It's a conventional thriller, short on originality and red herrings but atmospherically lit by Guillermo Navarro, who won an Oscar for his cinematography on Pan's Labyrinth.

13/03/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

The camera is all over Swank like a rash, creeping about nastily at bath time. Swank does her best with a thin script, barely saved by a shoot-out with a nail gun.

11/03/2011

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The Guardian

Cath Clarke

Generic and intermittently silly, The Resident does get under the skin, with a drip drip of paranoia as it dawns on Swank she is being watched – landlord Max has converted the building into a peeper's paradise of spy holes.

10/03/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The director likens his film to Polanski's The Tenant – he must be Jokinen – but his feel for suspense is nil and his drooling over Swank's half-clad body is frankly lascivious.

11/03/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Before the nailgun comes out, the inventive, through-the-keyhole cinematography of Guillermo (Pan’s Labyrinth) Navarro keeps you amused, but actual scares (let alone surprises) are in short supply.

10/03/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

When asked “What’s the catch?”, the landlord (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) fails to mention that he’s a weirdo who intends to sneak into the flat, anaesthetise his tenant and have his way with her. Yet we viewers learn this secret early on, leaving the film with nothing much to do except kill time before its routine finale.

13/03/2011

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