100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In this small and very smart film, Cronenberg does several things at once and makes them all look effortless, capturing various shadings of consciousness and versions of reality.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The most elegantly crafted and confidently directed of all his (Cronenberg's) films, it's a calm, chilling portrait of a blighted soul and, just as calmly but quite stunningly, an evocation of the thought processes behind the blight.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A shocker for devotees of stylish angst and psychological torment. You'll have to watch it with patience and great attention, but it richly rewards that patience.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What catches us in Spider's web -- besides the indelible performances of Fiennes and Richardson -- is the director's sympathy with this freak man-child who struggles to order his confused memories into a kind of truth.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's Cronenberg's finest film, it's star Ralph Fiennes's riskiest role, it's a tour de force for actress Miranda Richardson.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A cat's cradle of creepy childhood memory oozing unreliably from the mind of an aging, desiccated, paranoid schizophrenic, played quite amazingly by a mumbling, stooped, shifty-eyed Ralph Fiennes.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Spider is a difficult film, but an inspired one, the movie equivalent of eating a meal of artfully prepared eel or sea urchin. It's for those with adventurous tastes and no fear of squishy textures.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is the kind of well-made movie you wish well but you don't particularly wish to see again.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Fiennes' very skin participates in the project -- his fingernails are nicotine-stained the color of tea bags. The performance works; it's a ballet, a concerto of big, big Acting.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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