Along Came a Spider (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Along Came a Spider (2001)



Critic Consensus: Derivative and contains too many implausible situations.

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Morgan Freeman returns as forensic psychologist Dr. Alex Cross in this thriller based on the novel by James Patterson (whose work also formed the basis of the hit Kiss the Girls). Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott) is a brilliant but remorseless psychopath who has landed a teaching position at an exclusive private school in Washington, D.C. Using his extensive knowledge of kidnapping (he's taught a class on Charles Lindbergh), Soneji abducts one of his students - Megan (Mika Boorem), whose father Hank Rose (Michael Moriarty) is a United States senator. Ollie MacArthur (Dylan Baker), the detective investigating the case, has strong words for Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), the Secret Service agent who mistakenly let Megan slip through her fingers. But when the kidnapper contacts Dr. Cross, the psychologist is brought in on the case, and Cross seeks out Flannigan, who he believes might have a valuable insight into the case. Soon, Cross and Flannigan come to the terrible realization that this crime only represents the tip of the iceberg for the ruthless Soneji. Along Came a Spider also features Penelope Ann Miller, Jay O. Sanders, and Kim Hawthorne. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Marc Moss, Lewis Colick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
Box Office: $73.6M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Morgan Freeman
as Alex Cross
Monica Potter
as Secret Service Agent...
Michael Wincott
as Gary Soneji/Jonathan...
Mika Boorem
as Megan Rose
Penelope Ann Miller
as Katherine Rose
Michael Moriarty
as Senator Hank Rose
Dylan Baker
as Special Agent Oliver...
Anton Yelchin
as Dimitri Starodubov
Billy Burke
as Secret Service Agent...
Kimberly Hawthorne
as Agent Hickley
Jay O Sanders
as FRI Special Agent Ky...
Scott Heindl
as Floyd the Fisherman
Jill Teed
as Tracie
Raoul Ganeev
as Bodyguard
Samantha Ferris
as Mrs. Hume
Ocean Hellman
as Amy Masterson
Tom McBeath
as Country Chief Campbe...
Brian Arnold
as Reporter
Chris Robson
as Reporter
Debra Donahue
as Reporter
Ravil Isyanov
as Lermontov
Ronin Wong
as Medical Examiner
Charles Andre
as Diplomatic Patrol Of...
Claire Riley
as News Anchor
Paul Carson
as News Anchor
Donna Lysell
as News Anchor
Kevin Hayes
as News Co-Anchor
Steve Makaj
as News Co-Anchor
Nathanial Deveaux
as Coast Guard Captain
Nguyen Hall
as Watergate Employee
Charles Andison
as McArthur Entourage M...
Tarie Tennessey
as McArthur Entourage M...
Darryl Scheelar
as McArthur Entourage M...
Craig March
as McArthur Entourage M...
Darryl Dillard
as D.C. Policeman
Carter Jahncke
as Man Who Can't Answer...
Jim Hild
as Potentially Evil Guy...
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Critic Reviews for Along Came a Spider

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (34)

Freeman, as always, is a still center of dependable calm and intelligence, but Potter registers only as another generic blonde.

Full Review… | October 3, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Even at half speed, Freeman excels: He knows how to whip out his badge at a crime scene and make it seem as if he had been doing it his whole life.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

There are popcorn movies, and then there are movies like this one, which, by its conclusion, make you want to toss your empty popcorn bag at the screen.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Plotholes cripple the film.

Full Review… | October 17, 2015
Creative Loafing

Morgan Freeman reprises his role from Kiss the Girls in this inferior psychological thriller

Full Review… | June 23, 2011

Blood, violence, murder good Freeman, dumb plot.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Along Came a Spider


Alex: To be brutally honest, I think you have a morbid desire to burn in hell.

"The game is far from over."

Overall, Along Came a Spider is a average mystery thriller at best. The film is twisty, but not smart twisty; just twisty. Twists are something that, if used intelligently can add a lot to a film. They also can make decent movies bad, and bad movies unbearable. In Along Came a Spider's case; the twists didn't really elevate the movie, nor did they take away from it. If anything the lackluster twists fit in really well with everything else that was taking place. 

This follows a detective named Alex Cross, who gets a phone call from a man who just kidnapped a senators daughter. The kidnapper posed as a teacher at a prep school and snatched the girl one day, while the secret service was just late in catching him. A secret service member who worked at the school becomes Cross's partner as they try to piece together the kidnapper's motives and also where the girl is. 

There's no way to describe this movie other then saying it is a generic detective mystery. There's nothing new and exciting, but it is a decent time filler. The movie runs pretty smoothly and time passes at a good pace, but there's a lot missing to make this a truly good film. Morgan Freeman is good as Cross and does help the movie flow a lot better, though.

In the end, I would disregard saying whether to watch this one or not. If you have nothing better to do on a boring afternoon and come across it, it's worth a look. If you never come across it, you also won't be missing much. It's not a must see, but if you do, you also won't be overly angered that this was how you spent your 100 minutes.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Good thriller with a good cast. A congressman's daughter is kidnapped for ransom. A forensic psychologist seeks out the kidnapper and girl. Interesting twist at the end.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Good acting from Freeman and Yelchin but that's pretty much the only good thing in this! Badly thought out film with a horribly predictive plot. Potter's performance was absolutely awful. Ending was plain and I did get the feeling that I was watching a sequel which I now know was part of a book series. I don't know if the book was as bad as this but if it was, the producer needs to be fired.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Along Came a Spider Quotes

Alex Cross: You do what you are, Jezzie.
Jezzie Flannigan: You mean you are what you do?
Alex Cross: No, I mean you do what you are. Everyone's born with a gift, and what you do with it depends on you.
Jezzie Flannigan: And what if yo betray your gift?
Alex Cross: Then you betray yourself. It's a sad thing.
– Submitted by Matthew M (3 years ago)

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