Obsessed? Don't Be

Beyoncé vehicle about office affair misses the mark
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2009 2:21 PM CDT

(Newser) Obsessed, a thriller in which Ali Larter, as a temp in Idris Elba’s office, attempts to steal him away from wife Beyoncé, opens today. Having added a racial slant to the usual office love triangle story, the film has “can’t-miss hot-buttons built into it,” writes Roger Moore for the Orlando Sentinel. But director Steve Shill fails in creating the necessary heat between Larter and Elba.

 “I’ve liked every one of these performers in other films,” Moore writes. “But this reduces them to broad gestures, eye-rolling one-liners and ridiculously stiff over-the-top good husband vs. evil vamp situations.” Another bad sign, Geoff Berkshire notes in a tepid Metromix review: Sony wouldn’t screen Obsessed for critic ahead of the opening.