Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    As a remake, The Fly transcends the original, taking it in new directions and exploring its underutilized potential.
  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: Michael Blowen
    The Fly is that rare species of movie - a remake that far surpasses the original and, quite frankly, all expectations. [15 Aug 1986]
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Goldstein
    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
    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)
    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: Caryn James
    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
  10. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    It's an interesting experiment Cronenberg's attempted, if ultimately in the wrong direction.
  11. This picture is disgusting. [15 Aug 1986]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 26, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2014
    A tad bit fast paced but it's one of those films that you can't help but love. Goldblum was great and the make up/special effects are awesome and are far better than most special effects done today. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2013
    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. Full Review »