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The Fly Reviews

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Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2013
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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2013
Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg's The Fly is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 4, 2013
What's good about the film are the strong performances and the ingenious, mostly amusing script. What's ugly, of course, is the grossness. And what's bad is the movie's inability to reconcile its good and ugly aspects.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2013
As slimy and as grotesque as some of its special effects become, The Fly is a far superior horror film to the top-grossing film in America of late, Aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2013
The Fly seizes on our ingrained, instinctive horror of sexuality, the sense of shame that our fundamentally puritanical society can't help but teach us, and by confirming our worst fears, helps us, for a moment, to move beyond them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 18, 2011
A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2008
The Fly is almost unique for a horror movie in that it compels us sympathize with and root for the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
Image so much subverts intention that Jeff Goldblum's tragic flyperson finally seems more ludicrous than affecting, voyeuristically bizarre.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The playful, quirky chemistry between Goldblum and Davis in the first half of the movie ensures that this gothic horror is heartbreaking as well as stomach-churning.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
...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...