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Dead Again (1991)

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60

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Set in contemporary Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles of the 1940s, Dead Again explores a romance between two star-crossed lovers -- and the doomed passion they shared in their last lifetime. Los Angeles detective Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) comes to the aid of mute, amnesia-victim Grace (Emma Thompson) and falls in love with her. He sets out to discover her true identity and the source of her terrible nightmares. Mike is aided in his investigation by hypnotist/furniture dealer Franklyn

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Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Scott Frank

Jun 27, 2000

Paramount Home Video

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Branagh's contemporary American accent is annoying, and the film's constant inter-cutting of past and present lives becomes laughable.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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As the twists come thick and fast and the plot gets progressively more and more baroque, Branagh shows himself to be at least as intelligent as Brian De Palma in delivering over-the-top stylistic filigree.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Director and star Kenneth Branagh brings the same zest and bravura style to this actors' romp of a mystery-thriller as he did to Henry V.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A miscalculation from a prodigious talent who has forgotten that you squeeze the life out of romance when you don't give it space to breathe.

May 12, 2001 | Comment (1)
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It's a restless yet highly organized effort, displaying the director's desire to not just passively assemble a movie, but to rattle the senses as well.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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The mixture of gritty noir and supernatural shenanigans sits uneasily, but the film may simply be too bizarre to work at all.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It straddles a fine line between genius and folly.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Engaging in spite of its cheesy ending

August 25, 2005
Film Threat

Dead Again is a truly enjoyable popcorn movie, even if it is ultimately total nonsense.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Really pretty lame.

April 7, 2004
New Times

Awesome mystery. The afterlife subplot works perfectly and sells the surprise twist.

August 11, 2003
About.com

A playful, whip-smart exercise in suspense.

July 25, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

A decent thriller with a more than decent twist.

May 18, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Kenneth Branagh constructs a lush, compelling romantic noir, working beautifully with then-wife Emma Thompson.

December 4, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Kenneth Branagh's valentine to Alfred Hitchcock is too clever for its own good.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

A novel, first-rate-thriller. Branagh and Thompson are a great duo.

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Branagh's noir homage is a truly great thriller. One of 1991's best.

September 18, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

An imperfect film that just misses a chance at greatness, Dead Again aims for Hitchcock, but comes nearer Brian De Palma.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Dead Again was a fresh breath of air into the genre by exorcising the elements of a bygone era into a resurrection of how entertaining a great mystery can be.

June 27, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Dead Again

A woman arrives at a Catholic orphanage without her memory and subject to night terrors. The priest knows of a local detective, a graduate, who'll work for free ... so begins this mostly forgotten gem by Branagh wherein he quite literally throws in everything AND the kitchen sink. Nothing but a film about loving film but the old films in particular. So good I half expected Bette or Humphrey to put in a surprise cameo. Ignore the climax though, so stupid, so lame, you'll laugh out loud.
August 9, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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I love this noir-ish Hitchcock style thriller. Its lots of fun as well. Husband and wife team (married 1989-95) Branagh and Thompson shine as the leads. Branagh also directs. It sounds cheesy, but its not: both leads play dual roles, in 1949 and the present, swapping genders. At times both are funny, charming, perplexed, and exasperated.

The film is well made. Kudos to Andy Garcia's make-up technician. He is as convincing a dying old man as I've seen, complete with a cigarette-smoking tracheotomy! I think I'll give up smoking. Robin Williams also has a meaty, though small role. Its a great ride; the supernatural aspects could have been hokey but instead are gripping and mysterious, especially in the climax.

Whatever happened to Wayne (Hello,Newman) Knight?
January 13, 2011
Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

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While some of the dramatics are turned up to Spanish soap-opera levels, the script and story are solid overall.
October 20, 2010
kenstachnik

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    1. Dr. Cozy Carlisle: All I know is, you've got people chasing after you in every life.
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