Spider Reviews

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Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
April 10, 2003
Spider (Please Not Another Tall Tale by Freud)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Clint Morris
Mediasharx
June 2, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 13, 2003
Spider doesn't exhibit anything approaching character growth -- he's an enigma trapped in a personal Mobius strip of his life, which unfortunately doesn't make for much of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 20, 2003
The ending is profoundly disturbing, but it doesn't mean anything outside this sad man's life.
| Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
March 17, 2003
Spider is an earnestly wrought but shallow exercise that never really gets under the skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
January 28, 2004
This sorta over-ripe Freudianism is, like, so-o-o-o yesterday.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 28, 2003
Incredible performances in a sleep-inducing mind-trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
Fails to connect with its audience and concludes in a contradictory and jumbled fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 2, 2003
It's not clear whether the film's uneasy ambiguity is intentional or merely the result of pretension or lact of artistic control.
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 18, 2003
The film mumbles and shuffles along at the same maddening pace as its titular character, inspiring some sympathy but mostly aggravation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Fazio
Citysearch
November 20, 2002
Rarely has a film so tediously built to a climax this underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 2, 2003
Even with a marvelous cast that includes Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne and Lynn Redgrave, it's tough to identify with the characters.
| Original Score: 1/4
February 9, 2003
Plods and stutters its way to a conclusion that isn't nearly as smart or touching as it thinks it is, through a first hour of maddening obscurity and a remainder of pathetic obviousness.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 27, 2003
Terminally tedious, Spider is all mood and no movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
March 1, 2003
What goes wrong with Spider is pretty basic: The audience has no idea why it was made.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 2, 2003
After a while, it becomes clear that Cronenberg's game plan is unchanging; scene after shadowy scene proceeds in the same lockstep.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 6, 2003
What is the point of a gothic Edward Gorey riddle if it's got all of the depression and none of the drollery?
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 6, 2003
Filmmakers always gamble with an audience's sympathy when they resort to narrative trickery. I would argue that Mr. Cronenberg and Mr. McGrath have lost their gamble, though I can't help honoring their high-minded intentions.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 10, 2003
Definitely a trip into unexplored territory.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 16, 2002
Patricia S. McCormick
Senses of Cinema
July 31, 2003
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October 18, 2008
Suzanne Ellis
Canada.com
June 2, 2003
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
April 25, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004

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August 23, 2002

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December 24, 2002

Guardian
January 6, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2003

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April 18, 2003

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May 9, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
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