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The Fly Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Instead of being a pretty good cautionary fable about the limits of technology, it's a show-and-tell in fifth grade biology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
...a film that tries to be too many things at once -- funny but not campy, sad and scary, a horror story and a human tragedy...
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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.
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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.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 20, 2005
David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the sci-fi schlockfest The Fly is celebrated as perhaps the most perfectly balanced of the director's pre-prestige films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
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
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
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
A true horror classic. Goldblum's best screen performance.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
Heartbreakingly sad. Disturbingly gory. Cronenberg's finest hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
Cronenberg at his peak, an artful and disturbing horror film blended with - of all things - a sharp romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
May 2, 2016
At its best, the movie comes close to the power of classic tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 14, 2005
Charles Edward Pogue and Cronenberg's intelligent script and Goldblum's heartfelt performance make this outlandish story perfectly feasible.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 24, 2003
Cronenberg's remake of The Fly is nothing to swat at; this is an edgy and ambitious sci-fi showcase with inspired performances by the tandem of Goldblum and Davis
| Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 28, 2013
A masterpiece of tragic science fiction and Gothic horror...
Rob Humanick
October 20, 2011
One of the greatest, horror or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
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.
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 5, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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