Spider Synopsis
A psychotic loner (Ralph Fiennes) leaves a mental institution.
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For Language, Brief Violence and Sexuality