Spider 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… Spider 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…
DVD Review

Spider (2003)

Ralph Fiennes, Spider | OH, WHAT A WEB Fiennes unravels a mystery in ''Spider''
OH, WHAT A WEB Fiennes unravels a mystery in ''Spider''
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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.''

Originally posted Aug 05, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints
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