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SPIDER

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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.