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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is the kind of well-made movie you wish well but you don't particularly wish to see again. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It's Cronenberg's finest film, it's star Ralph Fiennes's riskiest role, it's a tour de force for actress Miranda Richardson. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is a rare adaptation where the script (by McGrath himself) heads straight for the novel's horrible essence, reproducing it non-verbally and in an even more concentrated form. show more

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