The Reflecting Skin (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Reflecting Skin (1990)

The Reflecting Skin (1990)

The Reflecting Skin




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A prairie boy becomes convinced that the young widow living next door is in fact a vampire in this dark, surrealistic drama. His potential madness is intensified by the truly horrific events surrounding him, from murder to radiation sickness, leading to a frightening merging of fantasy and reality.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Ridley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 1992
Miramax Films


Jeremy Cooper
as Seth Dove
Viggo Mortensen
as Cameron Dove
Lindsay Duncan
as Dolphin Blue
Robert Koons
as Sheriff Ticker
Sherry Bie
as Cassie
Jason Allen Wolfe
as Cadillac Driver
Guy Buller
as Passenger
Debi Greenawdt
as 1st Woman
Sandra Redmond
as 2nd Woman
Walt Healy
as Old Man
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Critic Reviews for The Reflecting Skin

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | September 25, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The Reflecting Skin is a strange, at times wonderful film, one that leaves more questions open than answers. Its palate and performances collide in ways that seem unique decades on.

Full Review… | July 23, 2015

When you name a character Dolphin Blue, saddle her with a dead husband she didn't know, which causes her to lose her mind, and suggest that she might be a 200 year-old vampire, you should probably suggest that she's more of a representational figure.

Full Review… | December 27, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Reflecting Skin


A little boy in rural post-WWII America believes that his lonely widow neighbor is a vampire who is killing his friends and wants to kill his beloved older brother. A literary and ambiguous slice of Midwestern Gothic that teems with unresolved metaphors.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

An intresting film about the "nightmare of childhood." I could see a lot of people complaining about the seemingly random and creepy events of the film, but I think they are missing the point. The movie is shown through the eyes of a 9 year old boy who is going through several traumatizing expierences and nobody who he looks up to is able to explain what is going on in his life, so he is forced to create his own answers for why these things are happening to him. The film will leave you as confused as the boy is, but that is the point. Either way an excellent directorial debut from British playwright Phillip Ridley and several good performances from the actors (most notably a young Viggo Mortenson.) Recommended for fans of the bizarre,

Ed Fucking Harris

Super Reviewer

Goes with Powder and Static. Australian, offbeat, creepy.

Steve Strange

Super Reviewer

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