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  • Summary: A scientist (Goldblum) slowly becomes a human sized fly after his teleport device malfunctions.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    100
    The Fly is that rare species of movie - a remake that far surpasses the original and, quite frankly, all expectations. [15 Aug 1986]
  2. 100
    David Cronenberg's The Fly is that absolute rarity of the '80s: a film that is at once a pure, personal expression and a superbly successful commercial enterprise. [15 Aug 1986]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    As a remake, The Fly transcends the original, taking it in new directions and exploring its underutilized potential.
  4. This is a first-rate squealer. [07 Aug 1986]
  5. The Fly is a mass-market, horror- film masterpiece that is also a work of art; it is the very movie the timorous feared "Aliens" would be - a gruesome, disturbing, fundamentally uncompromising shocker that accesses the subconscious. [15 Aug 1986]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    David Cronenberg's remake of the 1958 horror classic The Fly is not for the squeamish. Casting Jeff Goldblum was a good choice as he brings a quirky, common touch to the spacey scientist role.
  7. This picture is disgusting. [15 Aug 1986]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 15, 2012
    10
    The atmosphere, the characters, the story, the music, the performances, the special effects. They all combine neatly into this perfect mixtureThe atmosphere, the characters, the story, the music, the performances, the special effects. They all combine neatly into this perfect mixture of character story horror drama. Trully a masterpiece. Expand
  2. km
    Apr 26, 2009
    10
    Never gets old. Classic.
  3. Jun 5, 2011
    10
    One of my all time favorites from the 1980s horror cycle. A scientist's genes are mixed with that of a common house fly and soon he begins toOne of my all time favorites from the 1980s horror cycle. A scientist's genes are mixed with that of a common house fly and soon he begins to transform into a giant half man, half fly creature. In the meantime he is helped through his deeply horrifying problem by his loving girlfriend. I love the effects, which still look realistic here in 2011 and the music is amazing and sounds more like an operatic piece than a horror soundtrack. All in all, I LOVE THIS FILM! Expand
  4. GavinC
    Jul 27, 2009
    8
    It's not every day that you watch a film that makes you cringe due to its level of gore without being a load of rubbish but this film It's not every day that you watch a film that makes you cringe due to its level of gore without being a load of rubbish but this film achieves it. Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2012
    8
    Though it is not one of the best horror films, it is definitely one of the classics..........................
  6. Dec 7, 2011
    8
    Can't believe I hadn't seen this before now. I understand why it is considered a classic, great acting, great story, great direction and aCan't believe I hadn't seen this before now. I understand why it is considered a classic, great acting, great story, great direction and a very gruesome monster. Expand
  7. May 31, 2013
    7
    As with other Cronenberg ventures, "The Fly" is filthy and an appalling shockfest, but it's also an uncommonly affecting and sobering tragedyAs with other Cronenberg ventures, "The Fly" is filthy and an appalling shockfest, but it's also an uncommonly affecting and sobering tragedy with a star-making performance from Jeff Goldblum. Expand

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