Plot wise, the script is super generic, but the first act, as the two coeds get to know one another, moves at a nice pace.
—Peter Paras E!
...an all-too-familiar tale of a young woman increasingly terrorized by her psycho roomie.
—Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter
It's a lazy, bloodless, pointless, boring piece of work, lacking even the conviction to deliver a little cheap exploitation.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
...(this) low-rent pic might occupy auds for a weekend, but won't evict Single White Female from its top-floor residence among psycho-roomie cinema.
—Rob Nelson Variety
...in terms of actual suspense, The Roommate telegraphs every dull twist and turn to the point that its harried set pieces feel like parodic recreations of clichéd genre scenarios...
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
With few scares and minimal characterization, The Roommate is really just a far-below-par thriller that desperately wishes it were a different movie ? a longing it shares with the audience.
—Keith Staskiewicz Entertainment Weekly
We could not possibly care less.
—Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times
...sucks bad, real bad.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
As a clone of too-close-for-comfort films like Single White Female, The Roommate fails on every level, barely sincere enough to present a coherent story and almost never sufficiently campy to make the dire goings-on engaging on any level. And for a film that includes Billy Zane playing a louche fashion design professor to not register as camp is a failure of almost unprecedented proportions.
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com
...a waste all around of young, attractive actresses, Los Angeles locations and the time of anyone unlucky enough to sit through it.
—Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times