Dead Again


Dead Again

Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.



Reviews Counted: 47

liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 11,898


All Critics | Top Critics
Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Count: 0
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.6/5

You may have noticed some of the recent changes we have made. To read more about what we’ve been working on behind the scenes, please check out our new RT Product Blog here.

Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    

Dead Again Photos

Movie Info

Set in contemporary Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles of the 1940s, Dead Again explores a romance between two star-crossed lovers -- and the doomed passion they shared in their last lifetime. Los Angeles detective Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) comes to the aid of mute, amnesia-victim Grace (Emma Thompson) and falls in love with her. He sets out to discover her true identity and the source of her terrible nightmares. Mike is aided in his investigation by hypnotist/furniture dealer Franklyn Madison (Derek Jacobi) who discovers that in a past life Grace was Margaret Strauss (also played by Thompson), who may have been mudered by her husband Roman (Branagh).

Watch it now


Kenneth Branagh
as Mike Church/Roman Strauss
Emma Thompson
as Grace/Margaret Strauss
Andy Garcia
as Gray Baker
Robin Williams
as Dr. Cozy Carlisle
Derek Jacobi
as Franklyn Madson
Wayne Knight
as Piccolo Pete
Lois Hall
as Sister Constance
Richard Easton
as Father Timothy
Christine Ebersole
as Lydia Larson
Jo Anderson
as Sister Madeleine/Starlet
Patrick Montes
as Pickup Driver
Patrick Doyle
as 1st Cop/2nd Party Guest
Gordana Rashovich
as Handcuffed Woman
Gregor Hesse
as Frankie
John Gould Rubin
as Cafe Owner
Steven Culp
as 1st Party Guest
View All

News & Interviews for Dead Again

Critic Reviews for Dead Again

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11)

  • Be grateful for the genuine amusement Dead Again supplies. It may be cotton candy, but it's well spun.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • Branagh's contemporary American accent is annoying, and the film's constant inter-cutting of past and present lives becomes laughable.

    Jan 16, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As the twists come thick and fast and the plot gets progressively more and more baroque, Branagh shows himself to be at least as intelligent as Brian De Palma in delivering over-the-top stylistic filigree.

    Oct 25, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Director and star Kenneth Branagh brings the same zest and bravura style to this actors' romp of a mystery-thriller as he did to Henry V.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Again


A woman arrives at a Catholic orphanage without her memory and subject to night terrors. The priest knows of a local detective, a graduate, who'll work for free ... so begins this mostly forgotten gem by Branagh wherein he quite literally throws in everything AND the kitchen sink. Nothing but a film about loving film but the old films in particular. So good I half expected Bette or Humphrey to put in a surprise cameo. Ignore the climax though, so stupid, so lame, you'll laugh out loud.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I love this noir-ish Hitchcock style thriller. Its lots of fun as well. Husband and wife team (married 1989-95) Branagh and Thompson shine as the leads. Branagh also directs. It sounds cheesy, but its not: both leads play dual roles, in 1949 and the present, swapping genders. At times both are funny, charming, perplexed, and exasperated. The film is well made. Kudos to Andy Garcia's make-up technician. He is as convincing a dying old man as I've seen, complete with a cigarette-smoking tracheotomy! I think I'll give up smoking. Robin Williams also has a meaty, though small role. Its a great ride; the supernatural aspects could have been hokey but instead are gripping and mysterious, especially in the climax. Whatever happened to Wayne (Hello,Newman) Knight?

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer


It's a pretty good thriller, but there are aspects about it that bother me. The score is completely over-the-top and the final minutes I was laughing all the way through. Other than that, it wasn't too bad.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

While some of the dramatics are turned up to Spanish soap-opera levels, the script and story are solid overall.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Dead Again Quotes

News & Features