Spider

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50

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  1. GregT.
    Sep 15, 2003
    5
    Gave it a 5 for acting. It's tough to play a totally unlikeable, screwed up individual in the world's most dreary and depressing setting. It rates a 10 on the morbid scale. Don't rent this movie on a rainy dreary day without a very large bottle of Prozac beside your popcorn bowl.
  2. RichardG.
    Sep 7, 2003
    4
    Weak! Ralph Fiennes should have stayed in bed! This film is shallow and provides a weak story, although the ending does gain some success in the surprise department.
  3. ClintM.
    Aug 12, 2003
    5
    I rented this movie w/high hopes. And my hopes were let down. Dont get me wrong, Ralph Fiennes was great at portraying a mentally ill, sorta creepy, man-child. And the rest of the cast was good too. But i just didnt enjoy the film. It was similar in style to Mullholland Drive, but THAT movie kept my attention till the end. But when Spider finished I felt like the director took the easy I rented this movie w/high hopes. And my hopes were let down. Dont get me wrong, Ralph Fiennes was great at portraying a mentally ill, sorta creepy, man-child. And the rest of the cast was good too. But i just didnt enjoy the film. It was similar in style to Mullholland Drive, but THAT movie kept my attention till the end. But when Spider finished I felt like the director took the easy route. He left it complicated and unclear and left me wanting more. The movie ran at a VERY slow pace and for all the wait, the payoff was anything but climatic. Expand
  4. AmrikW.
    Apr 27, 2003
    4
    I love Cronenberg's films, but I disagree with the critics about this one. It felt like post Beautiful Mind can't be missed project opportunity.
  5. FernandoN.
    Feb 23, 2003
    6
    Intriguing but very, very slow, with strong performances from the leading trio. A different Cronenberg movie.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  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.