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Obsessed Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    25

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Every move is telegraphed well in advance thanks to desultory writing, routine direction and ample musical cues.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    The singer-actress' saucy, glamorously wry performance makes up for some of the film's inherent predictability.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety

    Don't expect a pot full of boiling bunnies, because nothing so creatively crazy ever happens in Obsessed, a "Fatal Attraction"-inspired predatory-female domestic thriller that spends much time spinning its wheels and making auds practically beg for an explanation to all the madness and obsession.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Obsessed has little plausibility, but at moments it's an entertaining bad movie, and the performers are vivid.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Fatal Attraction "lite" too risque for young teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Fatal Attraction-esque thriller is too edgy for young Beyonce fans. There's a lot of sexuality (lingerie scenes, aggressive pursuit, implied nudity), although no actual sex scenes. Except for the main male character, there are no positive role models; instead, there are many negative stereotypes -- especially about women in the workplace. For most of the movie, there's more harassment than violence, but a final showdown includes punching, kicking, and more. Language includes words like "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch," and there are several scenes of adults drinking and getting drunk. One main character is unknowingly drugged, while another purposely overdoses on prescription drugs.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about relationships and sexuality. Do you think it reinforces stereotypes or tries to undermine them?
  • What role does technology play in the plot? Do you know anyonewho's been stalked in real life or online? What steps can people taketo protect themselves from obsessive suitors?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film includes plenty of gender stereotyping. For instance, one man says that "single gals consider work their hunting grounds," implying that women are more interested in snagging a husband than succeeding profesionally. There's really no positive take-away to be found.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Poor role models include libidinous male executives who talkabout their female coworkers' bodies and an office gossip who doesn'tthink twice about revealing personal information about his boss' life ... not to mention Lisa herself, who pursues Derek at all costs. On the plus side, Derek's character defies certain establishedHollywood stereotypes by being an African-American executive who'sloyal to his family.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Until the climactic fight scene (which is an all-out tussle with lots of pushing, hair grabbing, punching, and kicking), there's not much violence per se, but there's a lot of stalking and sexual harassment.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A married couple embraces and discusses "christening" their new house. Lisa flirts with Derek, showing some leg and bantering playfully. As she becomes obsessed, she aggressively throws herself at him, trying to unbuckle his pants and kiss him. On other occasions, she finds him and reveals that she's wearing nothing but lingerie, spikes his drink with a drug and climbs on top of him when he's nearly passed out, and enters his hotel room and gets naked under the covers (only her shoulders are visible) -- viewers see her kissing him, but the camera cuts away before it's clear what happens next. Derek's co-workers make several inappropriate references to Lisa (and his wife) about office "eye candy" and "piece of ass," etc.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "oh my God," "goddamn," and the like.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands with prominent product placement include Mercedes Benz, Cadillac, Old Navy, and Bugaboo strollers, and Christian Louboutin's red-soled heels.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink, at times heavily, at an office Christmas party and various dinners. Lisa overdoses on prescription pills (appearing unconscious in bed) and also laces Derek's drink with an unknown drug.

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