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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: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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 mixture of character story horror drama. Trully a masterpiece. Expand
  2. 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 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
  3. May 15, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. it's been awhile since I seen this film, I remember having real fond memories of it, and now I decided to watch it again after these years. I just saw it again and I still have good thoughts about it. I remember before I ever watched this move that I was scared to even watch this, but after years then of conquering my fear of this film I watched then. This is getting confusing. I think this is one of the most classic sci-fi films out there; note how I didn't say that it was the best though, and I just love this movie. The main reason why I love this movie is just how gross this movie is, usually that's a negative comment, but here's the exception. The performances in this are okay, Jeff is his usual Jeff self: always studering and making every scene as dramatic as possible. I can't even remember the other characters actually, only what they did. The effects are done well, and are even pretty good by today's standards. I like practical effects, even though at times you can clearly tell there fake, but that doesn't matter it shows just how hard people can work on these type of effects. I feel that the romantic storyline is somewhat odd in this grotesque piece of cinema, but at the end it just feels so right, and makes the fact that a man trying to become a advanced life form sympathetic. Maybe that was exaggerated a bit there. Overall, I really believe that this film is worth watching, just stomach through it and you won't forget it, literally. Expand
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    8
    Though it is not one of the best horror films, it is definitely one of the classics..........................
  5. Aug 28, 2013
    8
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, me parecio una buena pelicula de ciencia ficcion.Tuvo escenas buenas y escenas malas, pero la mayoria fueron buenas.Me gusto mucho el argumento de la pelicula, me parecio asombroso. Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2014
    8
    I would never call this a perfect movie but it is very entertaining and what more could I ask for? A must watch for any horror and gore fan! They certainly don't make movies like this one anymore. 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 tragedy with a star-making performance from Jeff Goldblum. Expand

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