Mary Reilly (1996)



Critic Consensus: The movie looks good and has its moments. But, overall, the movie borders on boredom.

Movie Info

Based on the novel by Valerie Martin, this gothic suspense story offers a fresh perspective on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror tale Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by presenting the material from a different viewpoint -- that of Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts), an Irish servant girl who has come to work for esteemed surgeon Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Malkovich). Mary is fascinated but also intimidated by her new employer, while the doctor seems to take a personal interest in her that goes beyond mere … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Hampton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Mary Reilly

as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde

as Mr. Poole

as Mary's Father

as Mrs. Kent

as Mrs. Farraday

as Bradshaw

as Mary's Mother

as Haffinger

as Sir Danvers Carew

as Young Mary

as Young Woman

as Doctor

as Screaming Girl

as Screaming Girl's Mot...

as Screaming Girl's Fat...

as Inspector

as Policeman

as Farraday Girl

as Farraday Girl

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as Farraday Girl

as Farraday Girl

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Critic Reviews for Mary Reilly

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (13)

The film is too mannered, too stuffy.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Sluggish and interminable, Mary Reilly makes good on little of its potential to be disturbing and none of its chance to be emotionally involving.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Director Frears seems more interested in the atmosphere than the narrative.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A perversely courageous disaster that audiences will simply hate.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Mary Reilly works as Gothic melodrama because it understands the genre so well.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The story lacks purpose.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mary Reilly


instead of the usual first person perspective of stevenson's jekyll/hyde saga, herein the action is viewed from the eyes of a possibly abused country servant girl, well played by julia roberts (the absolute best i've ever seen her). moody atmospherics and a paced timing - not to mention the interesting "my boyfriend is a drug addict" underpinnings - add to the classic horror feel of this and malkovich? ... born to play this role: cool, detached and bored as hell as jekyll; passionate, violent and out-of-control as hyde.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Murky, mushy, glacially slow, and devoid of suspense, with one-note performances from the stars. Julia Roberts, unable to deploy her trademark smile, cowers like a scared rabbit, while John Malkovich inexplicably plays Jekyll and Hyde as looking and sounding almost exactly alike.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


its watchable
but not a great version of the story of jekly and hdye.
Its acted well by both Roberts and Malkovich and its watchable and has funny scenes and it does keep you guessing for a while but theres not much to the storyline!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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