The Rental

critic Reviews

, 73% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Federico FurzanCinelipsis
    A slow burn and surprising slasher film. The younger Franco's debut in the director's chair will shatter expectations. But the premise is too basic to be unforgettable. [Full review in Spanish].
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    Alissa WilkinsonVox
    The Rental has a familiar plot with familiar story beats, but it is so well-paced and deliberate, and its cast so good, that even though you know where it's going, it's still immensely satisfying to take the journey.
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    Jack BottomleyStarburst
    Franco and Joe Swanberg's screenplay is a beautifully shot, Vacancy-like voyeurism thriller which drips into a tech-savvy slasher, and Franco's direction allows much of the drama to initially stem from real life tensions and friction among friends.
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    Isaac FeldbergArts Fuse
    [Franco's] more understated approach to suspense shows some promise, even the earliest suggestion of a voice. What he doesn't have, at least at this stage, is something to say.
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