100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Deliciously witty and entertaining… A first-rate thriller, one that's likely to generate as much word-of-mouth as “Alien,'' “Carrie'' and “Psycho'' did in their time. [23 Aug 1991, Daily Notebook, p.F1]
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Dead Again does not come across as a Hitchcock knock-off, but as a motion picture that incorporates familiar themes and approaches while maintaining its own integrity and identity. Not once during the entire production is there an obviously stolen scene or camera angle replication.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If "Henry V," the first film [Branaugh] directed and starred in, caused people to compare him to Olivier, "Dead Again" will inspire comparisons to Welles and Hitchcock - and the Olivier of Hitchcock's "Rebecca."
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91

Entertainment Weekly

With its stylized black-and-white sequences and fast-paced melodramatic plot, this homage to film noir is both intense and purposely self-conscious.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The cinematic equivalent of a "good read" - pick it up and you can't put it down; put it down and it's gone forever.
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60

TV Guide

However unlikely the twists and turns in this mystery, Dead Again moves briskly forward, never weighed down by any sense of seriousness.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Emerges as cutty, indistinct and confused, full of shots that don't match and spatial conceptions that would look flat even on TV. The more Branagh strains to appear “cinematic,'' the more he looks like a man of the theater. [23 Aug 1991, Friday, p.B]
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's fun to see somebody revive the amnesia genre - how long has it been? - but the conceit quickly grows irksome. Only Thompson, who manages to be appealing in both of her roles, will likely reap much from this DOA folly. [23 Aug 1991, Life, p.4D]
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40

Empire

By Angie Errigo
The ambitious, initially intriguing Dead Again fails so spectacularly it may well become the fetish of a camp cult.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A two-hour search for a pulse... A miscalculation from a prodigious talent who has forgotten that you squeeze the life out of romance when you don't give it space to breathe.
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66 out of 100
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