The Temp (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Temp (1993)



Critic Consensus: The Temp has an intriguing résumé, but consistently underperforms; immediate reassignment is recommended.

Movie Info

The Temp is yet another installment in the 1990s thriller genre of "the conniving woman who gets back at all who stand in her way to success," as seen in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Single White Female, Basic Instinct, The Crush, The Babysitter, et al. In this rehash of the perennial formula, Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton), a marketing executive for a cookie company that has recently been bought out by another firm, is forced to hire temporary help when his regular office assistant, Lance (Scott Coffey) takes paternity leave. Into the breach comes Kris Bolen (Lara Flynn Boyle), whose efficiency saves the day for the clueless Peter. Unfortunately for Peter's associates, her efficiency extends to killing off Peter's regular assistant upon her return to work by arranging an accident with a paper shredder. But Kris doesn't stop there, and Peter begins to notice a high body count of dead employees falling around him. Peter suspects Kris may be the culprit, but since he has just emerged from treatment for acute paranoia, he can't decide if he is imaging things or not.

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Timothy Hutton
as Peter Derns
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Kris Bolin
Faye Dunaway
as Charlene Towne
Dwight Schultz
as Roger Jasser
Oliver Platt
as Jack Hartsell
Steven Weber
as Brad Montroe
Colleen Flynn
as Sara Meinhold
Dakin Matthews
as Dr. Feldman
Maura Tierney
as Sharon Derns
Lin Shaye
as Rosemary
Danny Swanson
as Nathan Derns
Demene E. Hall
as Marla Higgins
Gary Rooney
as Bouncer
Bill Johns
as Waiter
Don Alder
as Officer Security Guard
Rob LaBelle
as Bill Lives
Betsy Toll
as Test Lady
Mary Marsh
as Shopper
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
J.W. Crawford
as Researcher
Billy Koch
as Juice Bartender
Ralph Vanhollebeke
as Mr. Henderson
William Earl Ray
as Man in Bar
Shanti Kahn
as Redmont Secretary #1
Elizabeth Richard
as Redmont Secretary #2
Glenn Mazen
as Minister
Lars Wanberg
as Lobby Security Guard
Betty Moyer
as Receptionist
John Raymond Brannen
as 'New' Lobby Security Guard
Mary Starrett
as TV Newscaster
Jim Bosley
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for The Temp

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

As written by Kevin Falls and directed by Tom Holland, The Temp starts well and runs into trouble about midway through.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Some of the movie plays as if it were intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but other parts are played straight, making it appear that Holland and his screenwriter Kevin Falls couldn't make up their minds about what sort of movie they wanted to make.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The Temp is as unimaginative as thrillers get, with a plot-by-numbers script and insipid direction.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The crass story-line went off the rails at the midway point and thereafter just turns into a train wreck.

July 19, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Cheesy, despite decent performances

June 8, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

The gimmick of The Temp runs dry really fast and is not worth investing the time to see what happens.

December 7, 2002 | Rating: 48/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Temp


Picked this up for $6. Hadn't seen it before, but looked like a bit of 90's tack I might enjoy. Actually, it wasn't too bad. The glass in the cookies scene alone raised this movie half a star. What I didn't like was the end. Seriously? The woman is crazy and has killed several people and he thinks she's going to take that?!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A good cast almost rescue this 90s "B" movie cross between an 80s yuppie flick and Fatal Attraction. Story is quite weak and a little silly.

The  Shrewlord
The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

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