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Spider (2002)



Critic Consensus: Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in this accomplished and haunting David Cronenberg film.

Movie Info

Spider is set in the East End London in the 1960s and '80's. A deeply disturbed boy, Spider, 'sees' his father brutally murder his mother and replace her with a prostitute, Yvonne. Convinced they plan to murder him next, Spider hatches an insane plan, which he carries through to tragic effect. Years later, Spider is released into a halfway house, where he receives little care or attention from the landlady Mrs. Wilkinson. Unsupervised, Spider stops taking his medication and starts revisiting his childhood haunts. His attempts to sustain his delusional account of his past begin to unravel and Spider spirals into fresh madness.more
Rating: R (for sexuality, brief violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick McGrath
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2003
Box Office: $1.3M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Miranda Richardson
as Yvonne/Mrs. Cleg/Mrs...
Gabriel Byrne
as Bill Cleg
Lynn Redgrave
as Mrs. Wilkinson
John Neville
as Terrence
Bradley Hall
as Young Spider
Alison Egan
as Flashing Yvonne
Donald Ewer
as Toothless Jack
Peter Elliott
as Resident
Scott McCord
as Resident
Frank Blanch
as Resident
Rachel Taggart
as Young Woman
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News & Interviews for Spider

Critic Reviews for Spider

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (39)

This is one of the director's most accomplished films.

Full Review… | April 26, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a pleasure to watch such an understated treatment of potentially sensational subject matter.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Although languid to a fault, Spider offers some payoff for those with enough patience to stick it out.

April 11, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Spider deserves much more than it'll probably get, it's a fine and enjoyable film from a cinematic master.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

... the film's slow, toilsome journey does not lead to any particularly shocking or interesting revelations.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

What Cronenberg achieves ultimately in his latest mind bender is the full-scale distraction of his audience.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004

Audience Reviews for Spider

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 Bruce

Super Reviewer

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 Salem

Super Reviewer

Spider is an incredibly subdued and well-paced drama of psychological horror and detached self-examination. The interesting thing about Spider is the uncertainty of the entire picture. From the opening, it's clear that director David Cronenberg knows exactly the kind of movie he wants to make, and does so effectively. For all Cronenberg's steadiness, the audience has much less an idea what's going on than Spider Cleg does. Is Cleg insane at all?

Either way, Spider is an expressionist film and doesn't try to explain by labeling this or that as "paranoid schizophrenia" which detaches the viewer from the main character, but instead may have you relate to him and question how accurately you remember your childhood.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Spider Quotes

Terrence: It is a loud world and this is an island, but an island ruled by a tyrant queen.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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