Rent-A-Pal

Rent-A-Pal

Rent-A-Pal

Stuck at home caring for his elderly mother, lonely 40-year-old David in 1990 becomes attached to the host of a taped show called 'Rent-A-Pal' in this suspense horror. David feels their bond growing stronger every day, but when the man on the TV demands more, he struggles to comply.

2020Rating: R16, Strong violence108 minsUSA
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Rent-A-Pal / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Eventually the movie paints itself into a corner then sinks into grisly sludge. Stevenson’s technical skill can’t save him from a trite worldview.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Rent-A-Pal goes full-tilt mayhem in its final act, shattering its carefully calibrated dread in a race to make an already belabored point: that technological advancements are to be questioned, and there is no substitute for human connection.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

What makes the film work as well as it does, at least up to a point, are the perfectly calibrated performances. Folkins is superb as the socially maladroit Andy, making his character sympathetic in his genuine satisfaction in being a caretaker despite the personal toll it enacts. And Wheaton, whose entire performance consists of sitting in a chair and talking directly to the camera, uses his innate likeability to at first disarming and then chillingly creepy effect.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Wil Wheaton is the true star of this film. His creepy therapist/creepy children’s TV show host take on his character was exactly what Rent-A-Pal needed.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

For all the nostalgia that comes with seeing David pop in a VHS tape, the movie’s time period allows Stevenson to focus our attention on the horror emitting from just one screen.

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