Dead Ringers (1988)
Based extremely loosely on a true story, Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons. You read right--Irons essays the dual role of identical twin doctors, who frequently sub for each another professionally. The twins also capriciously share one another's lovers, priding themselves on that fact that their subterfurge has never been detected. Enter Genevieve Bujold, playing a popular actress. Courted by both twins, Genevieve selects the shyer of the two. The more aggressive sibling takes offense, setting the stage for the ruination of the brothers' relationship and careers. The split-screen and travelling-matte work in Dead Ringers is well nigh undetectable, but the film's "highlight" is a rather gruesome dream sequence involving severed skin (a favorite device of director David Cronenberg). … More
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Critic Reviews for Dead Ringers
Director David Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style.
People like myself who find the character played by [Genevieve] Bujold (in one of her best performances) more interesting than either of the twins are bound to feel rather frustrated by the end.
An intense psychological drama which confronts [Cronenberg's] familiar preoccupations -- fear of physical and mental disintegration, mortality, the power struggle between the sexes -- without the paradoxical protection of visceral disgust.
Cronenberg, who has begun to emerge as a master of body-related horrific fantasy, clearly understands that a small amount of medical mischief can be more unnerving than conventional grisliness.
Really sordid stuff that becomes ridiculous, painful, unbelievable and tedious.
The kind of movie where you ask people how they liked it, and they say, 'Well, it was well made,' and then they wince.
In a weird variation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde theme, the Mantles are drawn relentlessly and frighteningly towards an inevitable and appalling fate.
Irons gives a highly accomplished performance in a chilly knife-swapping psychodrama that remains among the director's leanest, meanest releases.
Impeccably executed, Cronenberg's first masterpiece is an unsettling film in which biological horror is entirely conveyed through pyschological exploration of character, masterfully played by Jeremy Irons in the best performance of his career.
It's one of Cronenberg's more complex relationship tales, that puts a deadly spin on separation, loss and hopeless love.
Cronenberg and Irons achieve perfection in horror.
Irons is startlingly off-kilter, his performance a veritable textbook example of deranged if icy brilliance
Dead Ringers is not a fun or particularly upbeat film, but it does grab you by the collar and it sucks you right into the screen.
One of Cronenberg's creepiest. And Irons is freaking amazing.
Trite, weird, ridiculous, uneventful, sick. Cronenberg at his worst.
Cronenberg's most perverse and disconcerting film.
Extremely unsettling, at times amusing, cold yet personal, Dead Ringers gradually and deliberately comes to horrify the viewer, rather than shocking outright with such spectacular displays of gore.
A terrifying performance courtesy of Jeremy Irons
Cronenberg, with Dead Ringers, becomes the director that Roman Polanski could have been.
Cronenberg's true-life tale is utterly chilling. Taut performances from Jeremy Irons in twin roles.
Irons' best performance ever, times two -- but it's hard to like a film this cold.
Audience Reviews for Dead Ringers
A woman disturbs the delicate psychic balance between twin gynecologists. Genuinely unnerving psychodrama with a dominating performance by Jeremy Irons.More
As come to be expected, this is another strange tale from David Cronenberg. Featuring brilliant performances from Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons).More
Dead Ringers is a prime example of fine psychological horror in top form. The film plays out effectively on the human mind as Cronenberg unleashes yet another astounding film. Cronenberg's film focuses on two twin brothers who both are gynecologists. Both of them act alike, except one is more confident than the other. The brother who suffers from confidence issues falls in love with an actress which has an abnormal reproductive system. Dead Ringers is a horrifying piece of cinema, and is brilliantly directed by David Cronenberg. Dead Ringers is a change of pace from his previous work, but he crafts yet another phenomenal film. Dead Ringers is probably Cronenberg's most memorable film since Videodrome. Jeremy Irons plays both brothers and he is absolutely incredible in both parts. Of all the roles that I have seen Jeremy Irons tackle, his roles in Dead Ringers are some of the most brilliant he's ever done in his impressive career. Cronenberg films tend to tackle the horrors of the human body, mind and soul. In Dead Ringers, he touches on all his usual topics, but focuses more on the psychosis condition of his characters, which is a welcome change of pace for a director whos made a career out of the body horror genre. Dead Ringers is brilliantly told, horrifyingly psychotic and superbly acted. This is unlike any other David Cronenberg film that you've seen before.More
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