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Spider Reviews

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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 26, 2003
This is one of the director's most accomplished films.
Read More | Original Score: A
April 24, 2003
It's a pleasure to watch such an understated treatment of potentially sensational subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 11, 2003
Although languid to a fault, Spider offers some payoff for those with enough patience to stick it out.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2003
Definitely a trip into unexplored territory.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2003
Spider isn't nearly as disturbing as it is intriguing, despite its subject matter.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 28, 2003
Claustrophobic and profoundly creepy, Spider isn't a pleasant viewing experience, and that's the point.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2003
A dark, brilliant journey into memory and schizophrenia whose peeled-back layers reveal an unexpected heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 28, 2003
Cronenberg manages a scrupulously constructed version of McGrath's novel about a schizophrenic.
Read More | Original Score: A-
March 27, 2003
A bleakly brilliant exploration of mental illness.
Read More | Original Score: A-
March 14, 2003
A restrained and elegant piece of work from a director whose name is more readily associated with goo and gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 14, 2003
Spider is, in fact, a marvel, but it's also prickly, slow, withdrawn, and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2003
Sad, compelling and morbidly, tragically watchable.
March 14, 2003
An eensy-weensy movie sustained by two utterly gigantic performances.
March 14, 2003
The details of the film and of the performances are meticulously realized; there is a reward in seeing artists working so well. But the story has no entry or exit, and is cold, sad and hopeless. Afterward, I feel more admiration than gratitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2003
A difficult film, but an inspired one, the movie equivalent of eating a meal of artfully prepared eel or sea urchin.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2003
Cold as the film may seem, Cronenberg's nightmare talent has rarely been at such a high, terrifying boil.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 7, 2003
Working from Patrick McGrath's script and novel, Cronenberg delivers his most austere film to date.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 7, 2003
Spider, David Cronenberg's latest, shows the director once again at the top of his form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 6, 2003
Filmmakers always gamble with an audience's sympathy when they resort to narrative trickery. I would argue that Mr. Cronenberg and Mr. McGrath have lost their gamble, though I can't help honoring their high-minded intentions.
March 6, 2003
What is the point of a gothic Edward Gorey riddle if it's got all of the depression and none of the drollery?
March 2, 2003
After a while, it becomes clear that Cronenberg's game plan is unchanging; scene after shadowy scene proceeds in the same lockstep.
March 1, 2003
What goes wrong with Spider is pretty basic: The audience has no idea why it was made.
February 28, 2003
A movie that shows you what it might be like to lose your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2003
If you have the patience, its almost endless silences and extremely slow pacing eventually pay off.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2003
Austere yet remarkable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 27, 2003
This is the kind of well-made movie you wish well but you don't particularly wish to see again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 27, 2003
As harrowing a portrait of one man's tormented isolation as the commercial cinema has produced.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2003
A bleak and unsparing look at the mind of a schizophrenic man, played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes.
February 26, 2003
An artful, carefully regulated explosion of craft led by Miranda Richardson and that prince of prickly intensity, Ralph Fiennes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 25, 2003
More poetic than clinical in its approach to schizophrenia, suffused with existential dread, this evocation of psychological torment is both sensationally grim and exquisitely realized.
February 24, 2003
Fiennes is at his best in Spider, rising to the challenge of a dark, demanding role.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
Cronenberg has pulled off a richly visual feat of the imagination that ranks among his finest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 19, 2002
I can't think of a recent movie that treats the schizoid mind with such delicate sympathy or, bravely, such saving wit.
September 30, 2002
Something very close to a masterstroke, as truthful and affecting a depiction of mental illness as ever put to film.
June 5, 2002
Boasting the filmmaker's masterfully contained handiwork and pitch-perfect performances from its compact ensemble, the picture admittedly spins an intricate web of intrigue but does so at an awfully slow pace.