August 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

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+

Shrouded in a fog of madness, creepy-crawly mental patient Spider (Ralph Fiennes) tries to unravel the tangle of events that led to his father murdering his mother (Miranda Richardson) when he was a wan, wide-eyed child. At the end of Spider, the rug is pulled out and the neat tricks — intellectual, thematic, dramatic, and otherwise — are revealed. Though still one of our most interesting directors, David Cronenberg remains mired in the lovingly photographed grotesque; one gets the feeling that his films would be best exhibited under a circus tent. EXTRAS Slight. A Cronenberg commentary, three mildly revealing making-of featurettes, and the ubiquitous — and always annoying — ”bonus trailers.”

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