SPIDER (2003) 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… 2003-02-28 R PT98M Drama Mystery and Thriller Ralph Fiennes Miranda Richardson Gabriel Byrne Phillip Craig Bradley Hall John Neville Lynn Redgrave Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

SPIDER (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Feb 28, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 98 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints