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Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

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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
  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. Collapse
  5. Eon
    Oct 20, 2006
    9
    Great acting, great directing, great puzzle. ;)

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