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Along Came a Spider (2001)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 84

Derivative and contains too many implausible situations.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 23

Derivative and contains too many implausible situations.



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Movie Info

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


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Marc Moss

Sep 25, 2001


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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (84) | DVD (21)

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

October 3, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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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.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Like a paperback plucked from a counter at an airport, Spider is an impulse buy of a film, a time killer that will neither tax your brain nor challenge your memory.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Gets tangled in its own web of absurdities.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Taken at face value, the film is entertaining, exciting at times and fun to watch.

April 6, 2001
Seattle Times
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Morgan Freeman reprises his role from Kiss the Girls in this inferior psychological thriller

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Blood, violence, murder good Freeman, dumb plot.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I don't begrudge Freeman his own hero-man franchise, but I wish the movies worked harder to be worthy of him.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

I felt like I was kidnapped and forced to watch this drek as punishment.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source:

Enjoyment, or even tolerance, of 'Along Came A Spider' hangs upon a couple of plot twists, which even by Hollywood standards are pretty far-fetched.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's a good-looking, mostly well-acted but preposterously plotted movie.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The best I can say is that this was a relatively inoffensive way to pass a couple of hours, but after about a day I'm having trouble remembering any of it already.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Director Lee Tamahori and screenwriter Marc Moss treat their star (and his character) with all due respect, and manage to turn out an engrossing, entertaining movie in the process.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Comment (1)
Cincinnati Enquirer

Along Came a Spider isn't a smart thriller like Se7en or Copycat; instead, it's more of a watchable idiotic thriller.

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

[Lee]Tamahori keeps the pacing lively enough that he doesn't allow the audience time to linger on the many plot implausibilities

August 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

Is it too much to ask for reasonable explanations of human behavior in a psychological thriller?

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

so hell-bent on surprising us that it's willing to sacrifice just about anything -- logic, credibility, common sense, etc. -- in the hopes of catching the audience off-guard.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

Gives Morgan Freeman a chance to once and for all prove that he could walk through a garbage heap and convince you it smells nice.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Obviously under the impression that their audience lacks the common sense of a kiwi, the filmmakers present a 1-2-3 punch of inescapably insipid plot twists.

November 24, 2001 Full Review Source:

...does little to enhance the reputation of mystery thrillers in general and little to solidify Freeman's claim to importance as a serious actor.

November 16, 2001
Movie Metropolis

You begin to feel like the butt of some absurd joke or embroiled in a wilfully obscure Buddhist koan. What is the sound of one movie sucking?

October 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

With the post-Silence glut of serial killer films, it takes a lot to make an impression, and Along Came a Spider lacks that all-important spark.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
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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.
April 12, 2013
Melvin White

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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.
February 3, 2013
T Tsang

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.
January 12, 2012

Super Reviewer

Not bad but not as good as Kiss the girls. The third film is going to be called Humpty dumpty sat on a wall. That?s not true by the way.
September 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

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    1. Alex Cross: You do what you are, Jezzie.
    2. Jezzie Flannigan: You mean you are what you do?
    3. 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.
    4. Jezzie Flannigan: And what if yo betray your gift?
    5. Alex Cross: Then you betray yourself. It's a sad thing.
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