Spider (2002)



Critic Consensus: Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in this accomplished and haunting David Cronenberg film.

Movie Info

Spider is set in the East End London in the 1960s and '80's. A deeply disturbed boy, Spider, 'sees' his father brutally murder his mother and replace her with a prostitute, Yvonne. Convinced they plan to murder him next, Spider hatches an insane plan, which he carries through to tragic effect. Years later, Spider is released into a halfway house, where he receives little care or attention from the landlady Mrs. Wilkinson. Unsupervised, Spider stops taking his medication and starts revisiting his … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, brief violence and language)
Genre: Drama , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick McGrath
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2003
Box Office: $1.3M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


as Yvonne/Mrs. Cleg/Mrs...

as Bill Cleg

as Mrs. Wilkinson

as Terrence

as Young Spider

as Flashing Yvonne

as Toothless Jack

as Resident

as Resident

as Resident

as Young Woman
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Critic Reviews for Spider

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (39)

This is one of the director's most accomplished films.

Full Review… | April 26, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a pleasure to watch such an understated treatment of potentially sensational subject matter.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Although languid to a fault, Spider offers some payoff for those with enough patience to stick it out.

April 11, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Spider deserves much more than it'll probably get, it's a fine and enjoyable film from a cinematic master.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

... the film's slow, toilsome journey does not lead to any particularly shocking or interesting revelations.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

What Cronenberg achieves ultimately in his latest mind bender is the full-scale distraction of his audience.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004

Audience Reviews for Spider

I can Sum This one up in 3 Letters WTF, A complete wasted of my time, I would have rather stick needles in my eyes. 1/2 star 9-10-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Im in the middle of watcing it right now, and while it is interesting it is slow and RALPH FIENNES! :( I love your vioce and you murmer throughout the whole movie, I mean I understand its his charcter but it is unfortunate. Still his performance as always is great. I curious as to how this movie will end.

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer


I love Spider's bleakness, I love it's simplicity. It's never in your face which highlights certain important scenes brilliantly and more importantly, disturbs more convincingly. The performances were very good, Byrne in particular does a great job. Its not a typical Cronenberg film, it's not his usual style and you'd be forgiven for not realising it was his work. It is however, as beautiful as his other work, as suspenseful and as well edited. It's quite a strange one though because, as you can see, on paper I really like it but in reality, I just couldn't get into it - a rarity then, where a masterful film just doesn't seem to entertain and It looks like I'm not the only one!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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