Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Freeman fills Cross's gumshoes with distinction.
  2. Reviewed by: Barry Johnson
    75
    The perfect thriller. Nothing too gross to creep you out.
  3. It's a superior film in every way to its predecessor "Kiss the Girls."
  4. Freeman gives his overwrought, over-familiar scenes an unlikely shot of intelligence and dignity that cuts through the formulas and almost makes them work.
  5. 63
    A mediocre widget stamped straight out of the mold of the popular police procedural.
  6. Best advice: Just sit back and watch Freeman anyway. The man's a cinematic treasure.
  7. 50
    A few loopholes I can forgive. But when a plot is riddled with them -- I get distracted.
  8. A reasonably diverting albeit frequently improbable thriller.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    As executive producer of the film, he (Freeman) clearly sees something in Alex Cross, a man much more interesting than the cheesy plot surrounding him.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Efficient, but in the end quite pedestrian.
  11. 50
    It's instantly devoured and quickly forgotten.
  12. But even that talent (Freeman) isn't enough to distract you from the general predictability of Spider or the absurdity of its elaborate last-minute plot twists.
  13. The script is so ridiculous that nothing rings true.
  14. Reviewed by: Marrit Ingman
    50
    An efficient, if overly mechanized, delivery system of thrills 'n' chills.
  15. 50
    Alex Cross has been neutered on film, deprived of his sexuality, his family, his friends.
  16. A thriller is only as good as its villain is bad, and this is the film's problem.
  17. 50
    A corkscrew of a thriller, has more twists than a tarantula with a permanent.
  18. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    47
    With the dependably compelling Freeman present, even its worst moments are not unwatchable.
  19. There's not much here for a great actor to sink his teeth into once, let alone twice.
  20. 40
    If Michael Wincott -- who under normal circumstances can chill your blood just by breathing -- can't make the villain compelling, you know the movie's in trouble.
  21. 40
    By the time it hits you, you're worn out by all the dead ends and false trails the movie has put you through.
  22. Mr. Freeman, a superb actor, creates the illusion of drama even when there is none.
  23. 40
    A disingenuous and colossally daft whiplash twist (presumably Patterson's) that only further perforates an already ragged plot.
  24. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Weaves a humdrum plot that's never ahead of the audience until three-quarters through.
  25. It's blah. Worse than blah, actually, because it's so stupid.
  26. 30
    A dreary, ludicrous thriller.
  27. 30
    Overplotted, hollow thriller.
  28. Reviewed by: Reece Pendleton
    20
    Screenwriter Marc Moss can take credit for the film's laughable dialogue.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. May 31, 2011
    10
    This film is AMAZING! **** who say it is not have some sort of problem! It is funny, exciting and very interesting! The acting is amazing andThis film is AMAZING! **** who say it is not have some sort of problem! It is funny, exciting and very interesting! The acting is amazing and the storyline is fantastic! Morgan Freeman is a true gem, along with the excellent Monica Potter, Michael Wincott and Mika Boorem! Go watch this movie in the cinema and then buy it on DVD because this is one that you will want to watch over and over! Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2011
    10
    A fine, fine film! This film does not let the book down, but is not as creepy or gory, an amazing watch and very addictive. Awesome acting andA fine, fine film! This film does not let the book down, but is not as creepy or gory, an amazing watch and very addictive. Awesome acting and an truly brilliant plot, yes, we know films and we know for a fact that this is one that you have to see.. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2011
    10
    A fantastic movie, brilliant acting, excellent plot, this is one of those rare films that you can watch again and again! A lot of twists andA fantastic movie, brilliant acting, excellent plot, this is one of those rare films that you can watch again and again! A lot of twists and turns with amazing direction! This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat! A thriller that will not creep you out with anything gory but will keep you on the edge of your seat! STRAP YOURSELF IN! AMAZING! Full Review »