Dead Ringers 1988

Critics score:
83 / 100

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Janet Maslin, New York Times: Cronenberg, who has begun to emerge as a master of body-related horrific fantasy, clearly understands that a small amount of medical mischief can be more unnerving than conventional grisliness. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: People like myself who find the character played by [Genevieve] Bujold (in one of her best performances) more interesting than either of the twins are bound to feel rather frustrated by the end. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The kind of movie where you ask people how they liked it, and they say, 'Well, it was well made,' and then they wince. Read more

Nigel Floyd, Time Out: An intense psychological drama which confronts [Cronenberg's] familiar preoccupations -- fear of physical and mental disintegration, mortality, the power struggle between the sexes -- without the paradoxical protection of visceral disgust. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Director David Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Watching Ringers is not unlike watching a critical operation -- unnerving but also enthralling. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: Really sordid stuff that becomes ridiculous, painful, unbelievable and tedious. Read more