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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

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  1. His story is sad, compelling and morbidly, tragically watchable.
  2. 88
    What catches us in Spider's web -- besides the indelible performances of Fiennes and Richardson -- is the director's sympathy with this freak man-child who struggles to order his confused memories into a kind of truth.
  3. This is a rare adaptation where the script (by McGrath himself) heads straight for the novel's horrible essence, reproducing it non-verbally and in an even more concentrated form.