The Fly Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 28, 2013
A masterpiece of tragic science fiction and Gothic horror...
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Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2013
What makes The Fly such a stunning piece of obsessive film making is the way Cronenberg deftly allows us to identify with his monstrous creation.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2013
Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg's The Fly is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 4, 2013
Any dolt could fill a movie with sickening stuff, and there's nothing scary, funny or interesting about what Cronenberg has done. It is just tedious and insulting. Get the swatter.
Jack Zink
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 4, 2013
A classic combination of the romantic and the macabre is about to set moviegoers abuzz the rest of the summer. It`s The Fly, a remake; but it`s accomplished with a brisk and chilling new inspiration.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 4, 2013
What's good about the film are the strong performances and the ingenious, mostly amusing script. What's ugly, of course, is the grossness. And what's bad is the movie's inability to reconcile its good and ugly aspects.
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
August 4, 2013
It is a fright film, a morality play about being devoured by one's work and, most powerfully, a sad, sad love story of doomed partners.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
Only Cronenberg can get away with working out his raw phobias on screen while being poignantly witty and repulsively entertaining at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2013
As slimy and as grotesque as some of its special effects become, The Fly is a far superior horror film to the top-grossing film in America of late, Aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2013
The Fly seizes on our ingrained, instinctive horror of sexuality, the sense of shame that our fundamentally puritanical society can't help but teach us, and by confirming our worst fears, helps us, for a moment, to move beyond them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Humanick
Suite101.com
October 20, 2011
One of the greatest, horror or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 18, 2011
A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
David Cronenberg's remake of the 1958 horror classic The Fly is not for the squeamish. Casting Jeff Goldblum was a good choice as he brings a quirky, common touch to the spacey scientist role.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2008
The Fly is almost unique for a horror movie in that it compels us sympathize with and root for the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Luck
Film4
September 24, 2007
Cronenberg's most conventional film prior to A History Of Violence, The Fly is also among the finest of his American movies.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
September 24, 2007
Cronenberg's most triumphant and accessible film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
Image so much subverts intention that Jeff Goldblum's tragic flyperson finally seems more ludicrous than affecting, voyeuristically bizarre.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2007
It left me itching for something less warped to identify with than a human fly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The playful, quirky chemistry between Goldblum and Davis in the first half of the movie ensures that this gothic horror is heartbreaking as well as stomach-churning.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 4, 2005
Kafka would have loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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