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Spider Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Spider deserves much more than it'll probably get, it's a fine and enjoyable film from a cinematic master.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... the film's slow, toilsome journey does not lead to any particularly shocking or interesting revelations.
| Original Score: B-
Jordan Hiller
December 6, 2004
What Cronenberg achieves ultimately in his latest mind bender is the full-scale distraction of his audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
Cronenberg pieces together a compelling portrait of madness, but one which lacks the poignancy to be a rich, moving character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
Fails to connect with its audience and concludes in a contradictory and jumbled fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2004
Cronenberg remains remarkably faithful to McGrath's vision. His success lies in his willingness to give himself over to the effect and atmosphere of the novel.
Dan Jardine
January 28, 2004
This sorta over-ripe Freudianism is, like, so-o-o-o yesterday.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 26, 2003
Ainda que o filme (refletindo o estado mental de seu protagonista) impeça um maior envolvimento do espectador, é impossível deixar de admirar a bela estrutura da narrativa e a ótima atuação de Miranda Richardson.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
August 6, 2003
It isn't a film; it's a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 1, 2003
It may be Cronenberg's most depressingly bleak film, yet it is essential viewing for all admirers of the director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 15, 2003
An unforgettable masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 9, 2003
Beginning with the Rorschach-like images of the opening credits, Cronenberg invites us to intuit our own meanings from his weblike design...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
May 9, 2003
A bleak, beautifully crafted, intelligent tale of paranoia - a typical subject for Cronenberg. It's a pity most audiences will, ironically, go mad trying to decipher it.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 5, 2003
A product of inestimable patience, the elegant and controlled Spider requires and rewards the same. It is a story of re-entry, following the downward fluttering trajectory of an ordinary, pitiable monster ...
Full Review| Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 4, 2003
a deeply moving portrait of the fragility of human sanity, leaving us with open-ended questions about the nature of truth and the unreliability of our own memories
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 2, 2003
Even with a marvelous cast that includes Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne and Lynn Redgrave, it's tough to identify with the characters.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 1, 2003
It's not a film for every taste, but if you're intrigued by the weblike puzzles that emerge from the darker corners of the mind, Spider fascinates.
| Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 26, 2003
This is one of the director's most accomplished films.
| Original Score: A
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 25, 2003
There are two groups of people who are bound to be pleased by Spider -- those who have read the source material and those who have been waiting for David Cronenberg to make a substantive film again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 25, 2003
As Fiennes -- in a performance of well-modulated madness -- rattles around his memories, the movie reveals the layers of Cleg's comforting self-delusion and shattering self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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