Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 14, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Spider

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/28/03
performer
Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Phillip Craig, Bradley Hall, John Neville, Lynn Redgrave
director
David Cronenberg
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Patrick McGrath
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Ralph Fiennes acts with a capital A to inhabit the prickled skin of a mumbling, shuffling, scribbling schizophrenic in David Cronenberg’s characteristically creepy picture about a man unraveling as he remembers childhood traumas. (Miranda Richardson plays both a gentle mother and a cockney-lewd whore.) The craft is visible — Fiennes is busy in his tremulous inertia — but the technique works in the setting, a clammy corner of London that evokes Cronenbergian human decay.

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