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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career.
  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. 90
    Deliciously wicked, strangely poetic portrait (adapted by Patrick McGrath from his own novel) of a schizophrenic man at once tyrannized and elevated by oedipal terrors.
  4. Cronenberg's most disciplined exploration yet of that shadowy realm: the world refracted through the prism of a schizophrenic mind.
  5. Brilliantly realized but bone-chillingly bleak.
  6. 75
    This superbly realized, clammy and unsettling movie doesn't hinge on plot. Claustrophobic and profoundly creepy, Spider isn't a pleasant viewing experience, and that's the point.
  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: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22

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