Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    As a remake, The Fly transcends the original, taking it in new directions and exploring its underutilized potential.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Goldstein
    100
    What makes The Fly such a stunning piece of obsessive film making is the way Cronenberg deftly allows us to identify with his monstrous creation. [14 Aug 1986]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance.
  6. This is a first-rate squealer. [07 Aug 1986]
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    60
    It's an interesting experiment Cronenberg's attempted, if ultimately in the wrong direction.
  10. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    60
    A film that tries to be too many things at once - funny but not campy, sad and scary, a horror story and a human tragedy
  11. This picture is disgusting. [15 Aug 1986]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 63 Ratings

User 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 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. Full Review »
  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 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! Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2015
    9
    I don't think "The Fly" is a perfect movie, but it's really damn close. For its genre, "The Fly" is everything you could ask for.I don't think "The Fly" is a perfect movie, but it's really damn close. For its genre, "The Fly" is everything you could ask for. Entertaining, scary, exciting... I even found some scenes funny. Even when the special effects are clearly outdated, the makeup looks very cool and realistic, even by today's standards. And the movie is so focused, it doesn't waste any time with subplots or whatever. It's a classic. Full Review »