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      Spider

      R Released Feb 28, 2003 1h 38m Mystery & Thriller Drama List
      85% Tomatometer 139 Reviews 68% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Released after decades in a sanitarium, schizophrenic Dennis "Spider" Cleg (Ralph Fiennes) moves into Mrs. Wilkinson's (Lynn Redgrave) halfway house and befriends a fellow resident, Terrence (John Neville), before retreating into personal writing and the darkness of his own haunted mind. Spider struggles to decipher murky memories of a childhood trauma involving his abusive father (Gabriel Byrne), his murdered mother (Miranda Richardson), and a prostitute who may have replaced her. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in this accomplished and haunting David Cronenberg film.

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      Barbara Ellen Times (UK) The film's slow, plodding pace relies too much on strong performances and grubby splashes of "atmosphere" rather than genuine emotion and plot. Jan 3, 2018 Full Review Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Newsday Rated: 3.5/4 May 28, 2003 Full Review Bill Bria Vague Visages Cronenberg’s more internalized era doesn’t skimp on the devastating effects of self-destruction — in fact, it arguably finds them even more pronounced. Jun 15, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Fiennes delivers an extraordinary performance. Rated: 3/4 Dec 23, 2022 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Cronenberg’s most delicately poetic work yet. Rated: A Sep 17, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sinisa P Powerful and tragic story, kept me processing it for days after I watched the movie. Pity that intro on RT is a spoiler. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/02/24 Full Review David W While difficult to follow at first and leaving the audience with too many unanswered questions for my liking, Spider does offer interesting and compelling filmmaking with the audience piecing together the story alongside the protagonist. However, the opacity is too much for my taste. I would only watch this again if there were nothing better to choose from. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Farah R Despite Ralph Fiennes' exquisite performance and the shocking plot twist ending, Spider is painstakingly slow and dull. I'm not sure its pros outweigh the cons. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 08/17/23 Full Review colin m A fiftysomething man endeavours to reconstruct his past. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member As disturbingly depressing as it's meant to have been Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Dennis Cleg (Ralph Fiennes), a schizophrenic man who has just been released from a mental institution. He is given a room in a halfway house catering to mentally disturbed people, ran by an unrelenting landlady, Mrs. Wilkinson. While in his new abode, he starts piecing together in his memory an apparently fateful childhood event... Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus reads, "Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in this accomplished and haunting David Cronenberg film." Roger Ebert gave the film 3/4 stars, writing, "The details of the film and of the performances are meticulously realized; there is a reward in seeing artists working so well. But the story has no entry or exit, and is cold, sad and hopeless. Afterward, I feel more admiration than gratitude." Nev Pierce from the BBC awarded the film 3/5 stars, calling it "dour, thoughtful, and oppressive". Stephen Holden from New York Times praised the film, calling it "as harrowing a portrait of one man's tormented isolation as the commercial cinema has produced." Peter Travers of The Rolling Stone awarded the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, writing, "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. That's what makes Cronenberg a world-class provocateur: His movie gets under your skin." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian rated the film 4/5 stars, calling it " an intensely controlled, beautifully designed and fascinatingly acted account of Patrick McGrath's original novel". Mike Clark from USA Today awarded the film 3/4 stars, commending the film's direction, cinematography, and performances, while also stating that it was not particularly "sizzling" as in his previous films The Fly and eXistenZ. This psychological thriller produced and directed by David Cronenberg and based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath, is a bit different from Cronenberg´s "normal" work. It´s a descend into schizophrenia and that haunting state of mind. The storyline is tragic and difficult and we get great performances specifically from Ralph Fiennes. The film premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and enjoyed some media buzz; however, it was released in only a few cinemas at the year's end by distributor Sony Pictures Classics. Nonetheless, the film enjoyed much acclaim by critics and especially by Cronenberg enthusiasts. The film garnered a Best Director Award at the Canadian Genie Awards. The stars of the film, Ralph Fiennes and particularly Miranda Richardson, received several awards for their work in the film. Trivia: Spider's difficulty with his family history is a real psychological syndrome called the Capgras delusion. Persons afflicted with the syndrome are convinced that a person close to them has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Released after decades in a sanitarium, schizophrenic Dennis "Spider" Cleg (Ralph Fiennes) moves into Mrs. Wilkinson's (Lynn Redgrave) halfway house and befriends a fellow resident, Terrence (John Neville), before retreating into personal writing and the darkness of his own haunted mind. Spider struggles to decipher murky memories of a childhood trauma involving his abusive father (Gabriel Byrne), his murdered mother (Miranda Richardson), and a prostitute who may have replaced her.
      Director
      David Cronenberg
      Producer
      Catherine Bailey
      Screenwriter
      Patrick McGrath, Patrick McGrath, David Cronenberg
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Production Co
      Artists Independent Network, CBL
      Rating
      R (Language|Brief Violence|Sexuality)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 28, 2003, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 1, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.6M
      Runtime
      1h 38m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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