Spider

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. In this small and very smart film, Cronenberg does several things at once and makes them all look effortless, capturing various shadings of consciousness and versions of reality.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    This slow but brilliantly sustained journey into madness is fronted by a remarkable performance from Ralph Fiennes and superb backup from Miranda Richardson in a triple role.
  3. His story is sad, compelling and morbidly, tragically watchable.
  4. Cronenberg's most disciplined exploration yet of that shadowy realm: the world refracted through the prism of a schizophrenic mind.
  5. An eensy-weensy movie sustained by two utterly gigantic performances.
  6. 75
    The details of the film and of the performances are meticulously realized; there is a reward in seeing artists working so well. But the story has no entry or exit, and is cold, sad and hopeless. Afterward, I feel more admiration than gratitude.
  7. 50
    Spider as a character is a fantasizing detective, but the movie is no Singing Detective (the high-water mark of the sub-genre). This film rarely rises above a murmur.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Vocecita
    Oct 26, 2006
    10
    An excellent movie.
  2. williamw
    Apr 1, 2009
    10
    The most nerve-racking, chillingly precise film about mental illness ever made. In my humble opinion, the director's magnus opus.
  3. MathewB.
    Jul 6, 2007
    10
    A masterpiece of perception of reality vs. reality
  4. Methusalah
    Jan 9, 2008
    10
    This movie was visually astounding. It had more eye catching, amazingly framed scenes than any previous Cronenberg movie. A surreal trek This movie was visually astounding. It had more eye catching, amazingly framed scenes than any previous Cronenberg movie. A surreal trek through a day in the life of a mentally ill individual. Expand
  5. Eon
    Oct 20, 2006
    9
    Great acting, great directing, great puzzle. ;)

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