Dead Again (1991)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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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
Aug 23, 1991 Wide
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.
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.
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.
Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense.
A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh.
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.
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.
The mixture of gritty noir and supernatural shenanigans sits uneasily, but the film may simply be too bizarre to work at all.
Engaging in spite of its cheesy ending
Dead Again is a truly enjoyable popcorn movie, even if it is ultimately total nonsense.
Really pretty lame.
Awesome mystery. The afterlife subplot works perfectly and sells the surprise twist.
A playful, whip-smart exercise in suspense.
A decent thriller with a more than decent twist.
Kenneth Branagh constructs a lush, compelling romantic noir, working beautifully with then-wife Emma Thompson.
Kenneth Branagh's valentine to Alfred Hitchcock is too clever for its own good.
A novel, first-rate-thriller. Branagh and Thompson are a great duo.
Branagh's noir homage is a truly great thriller. One of 1991's best.
An imperfect film that just misses a chance at greatness, Dead Again aims for Hitchcock, but comes nearer Brian De Palma.
Audience Reviews for Dead Again
- Dr. Cozy Carlisle: All I know is, you've got people chasing after you in every life.
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