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Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in this accomplished and haunting David Cronenberg film. Read critic reviews

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Released after decades in a sanitarium, schizophrenic Dennis "Spider" Cleg (Ralph Fiennes) moves into Mrs. Wilkinson's (Lynn Redgrave) halfway house and befriends a fellow resident, Terrence (John Neville), before retreating into personal writing and the darkness of his own haunted mind. Spider struggles to decipher murky memories of a childhood trauma involving his abusive father (Gabriel Byrne), his murdered mother (Miranda Richardson), and a prostitute who may have replaced her.

Cast & Crew

Miranda Richardson
Mrs. Cleg, Yvonne
Bradley Hall
Boy Spider
Lynn Redgrave
Mrs. Wilkinson
Patrick McGrath
Writer (Novel)
Patrick McGrath
Writer (Screenplay)
David Cronenberg
Writer (Screenplay)
Charles Finch
Executive Producer
Simon Franks
Executive Producer
Zygi Kamasa
Executive Producer
Martin Katz
Executive Producer
Luc Roeg
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Critic Reviews for Spider

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (21)

Audience Reviews for Spider

  • Sep 12, 2013
    I can Sum This one up in 3 Letters WTF, A complete wasted of my time, I would have rather stick needles in my eyes. 1/2 star 9-10-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2012
    Spider has Ralph Fiennes' stelar performance ready to stick us viewers in it's web, but as the time flies, it has become all shallow bites and not strong enough poison for the final kill.
    August S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2011
    Im in the middle of watcing it right now, and while it is interesting it is slow and RALPH FIENNES! :( I love your vioce and you murmer throughout the whole movie, I mean I understand its his charcter but it is unfortunate. Still his performance as always is great. I curious as to how this movie will end.
    Morgan S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2010
    This movie was super creepy. It was pretty slow-moving and a little confusing at first, but I caught on as it went on. Fiennes was brilliant in his role - very convincing.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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