New York Times - 08/14/1992
"...Smooth, entertaining and believably sophisticated....Both actresses are exceptionally good..."
USA Today - 08/14/1992
"...Barbet Schroeder's direction and two exceptional leads make FEMALE the best of the bunch..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 08/14/1993
"...Clever....The cat-and-mouse structure remains fun....[Leigh] offers the most convincing portrayal of a psychotic in recent films..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/14/1992
"...Fonda has the rare ability to be simultaneously tough-minded and vulnerable, almost yearningly so..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/14/1992
"...[Schroeder] has a mordant humor that pushes the material over the top....Both Fonda and Leigh pull out all the stops in their performances..."
Traumatized by the discovery that her live-in fiancé has cheated on her with his ex-wife, Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) decides to find a roommate to share her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. After interviewing candidates, beautiful, sophisticated career woman Allison settles on Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a shy, mousy woman who has a hopeless fashion sense, and seemingly, a heart of gold. At first she's an ideal roommate, asking Allison for advice and attempting to emulate her cosmopolitan style. But Hedy's adulation grows more and more disturbing as Allison realizes that her new roommate has a dark side. Barbet Schroeder (BARFLY, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE) directed this taut psychological thriller. Jason Leigh is mesmerizing as the disturbed Hedy; Fonda is well cast as the unwitting victim of another's psychosis.
After an unfaithful fiancé moves out, a young New Yorker (Bridget Fonda) advertises for a roommate to help with expenses. She gets more than she bargained for when the "perfect roommate" (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves in and develops a dangerous obsession with her, taking over her clothes, her boyfriend, and her identity, in this tense psychological drama from Barbet Schroeder.