Mary Reilly (1996)



Critic Consensus: The movie looks good and has its moments. But, overall, the movie borders on boredom.

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This reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson's horror story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is told from the perspective of Jekyll's housekeeper Mary Reilly. Mary loves the doctor but doesn't understand his obsession with experiments or his relationship with Hyde, eventually she learns the truth and must decide what to do.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Julia Roberts
as Mary Reilly
John Malkovich
as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
George Cole
as Mr. Poole
Michael Gambon
as Mary's Father
Kathy Staff
as Mrs. Kent
Glenn Close
as Mrs. Farraday
Michael Sheen
as Bradshaw
Linda Bassett
as Mary's Mother
Henry Goodman
as Haffinger
Ciarán Hinds
as Sir Danvers Carew
Sasha Hanau
as Young Mary
Moya Brady
as Young Woman
David Ross
as Doctor
Tim Barlow
as Vicar
Isabella Marsh
as Screaming Girl
Wendy Nottingham
as Screaming Girl's Mother
Richard Leaf
as Screaming Girl's Father
Stephen Boxer
as Inspector
Bob Mason
as Policeman
Ellie Crockett
as Farraday Girl
Kadamba Simmons
as Farraday Girl
Robbi Stevens
as Farraday Girl
as Farraday Girl
Evelyn Doggart
as Farraday Girl
Piu Fan Lee
as Farraday Girl
Mimi Potworowska
as Farraday Girl
Samantha Hones
as Farraday Girl
Julia Hagen
as Farraday Girl
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Critic Reviews for Mary Reilly

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (10)

The film is too mannered, too stuffy.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Sluggish and interminable, Mary Reilly makes good on little of its potential to be disturbing and none of its chance to be emotionally involving.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Mary Reilly works as Gothic melodrama because it understands the genre so well.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A perversely courageous disaster that audiences will simply hate.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Unfortunately, your response to the bizarre story of terror and lust that dare not speak their name is pretty well limited to Roberts' response -- which is, in turn, limited by her technique.

December 31, 1999
Detroit News
Top Critic

Director Frears seems more interested in the atmosphere than the narrative.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mary Reilly


instead of the usual first person perspective of stevenson's jekyll/hyde saga, herein the action is viewed from the eyes of a possibly abused country servant girl, well played by julia roberts (the absolute best i've ever seen her). moody atmospherics and a paced timing - not to mention the interesting "my boyfriend is a drug addict" underpinnings - add to the classic horror feel of this and malkovich? ... born to play this role: cool, detached and bored as hell as jekyll; passionate, violent and out-of-control as hyde.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Murky, mushy, glacially slow, and devoid of suspense, with one-note performances from the stars. Julia Roberts, unable to deploy her trademark smile, cowers like a scared rabbit, while John Malkovich inexplicably plays Jekyll and Hyde as looking and sounding almost exactly alike.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


its watchable but not a great version of the story of jekly and hdye. Its acted well by both Roberts and Malkovich and its watchable and has funny scenes and it does keep you guessing for a while but theres not much to the storyline!

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Film Crazy

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