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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    A little abhorrent yet strangely appealing. I found it arty and pretentious, but still couldn't turn my eyes away from its almost hypnotic coolness and fascinating psychological horrors. [23 Sept 1988] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    An instant classic, an Oscar-worthy showcase for Jeremy Irons, and a tightrope ballet over dicey screen material… A subtle movie - and thus a disturbing one. Like “Vertigo,” “The Night of the Hunter,” “Repulsion” and a few others, it finds beauty in morbidity - then nags you to come back for a second dose. [23 Sept 1988] show more

  • 100
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    David Cronenberg's gelid masterpiece. show more

  • 88
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    It's almost too rich in ideas for its own good: The sense of concentration and proportion isn't there. But it remains an astonishing, magnetic, devastating piece of work. [23 Sept 1988] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The secret may be that Cronenberg approaches his trashy material with the objectivity of a scientist; it is his detached, cold style that makes the material creepy instead of simply sensational. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Is this misogyny, as some insist, or a critique of misogyny, as others say? Many moviegoers, grossed out by the film's gothic approach to medical matters, won't watch long enough to find out which is the answer. [30 Sept 1988] show more

  • 90
    TV Guide

    Quietly devastating... Extremely unsettling, at times amusing, cold yet personal, Dead Ringers gradually and deliberately comes to horrify the viewer, rather than shocking outright. show more

  • 100
    Entertainment Weekly

    A masterpiece. show more

  • 100
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    To think of a film this assured, this unified and this dizzyingly potent, you have to go back to "Blue Velvet." [22 Sept 1988] show more

  • 100
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    For those who enjoy cinematic visits to other, darker worlds, this blood's for you. Watching Ringers is not unlike watching a critical operation -- unnerving but also enthralling. [23 Sept 1988] show more

  • August 25, 2011 hello beautiful
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    by far THE WORST movie I ever saw. doesn\'t even deserve one star.

  • June 25, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Well done production with excellent acting. Twins are often very close in identifying with one another. They have psychic level communications with one another greater than do non-twins. They may be reared separately with no contact, but as adults share many tastes, preferences, ideas, and personality traits This movie explores the sometimes inextricably mutual identification of twins to produce a unified, shared personality. When one of the pair becomes drug addicted and therein sinks into a disintegration of his personality, the other follows suit in mutual madness.

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