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Set in contemporary Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles of the 1940s, Dead Again explores a romance between two star-crossed lovers -- and the doomed passion they shared in their last lifetime. Los Angeles detective Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) comes to the aid of mute, amnesia-victim Grace (Emma Thompson) and falls in love with her. He sets out to discover her true identity and the source of her terrible nightmares. Mike is aided in his investigation by hypnotist/furniture dealer Franklyn Madison (Derek Jacobi) who discovers that in a past life Grace was Margaret Strauss (also played by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Branagh's contemporary American accent is annoying, and the film's constant inter-cutting of past and present lives becomes laughable."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's a restless yet highly organized effort, displaying the director's desire to not just passively assemble a movie, but to rattle the senses as well."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Engaging in spite of its cheesy ending"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Awesome mystery. The afterlife subplot works perfectly and sells the surprise twist."
‑ Fred Topel,
"As the twists come thick and fast and the plot gets progressively more and more baroque, Branagh shows himself to be at least as intelligent as Brian De Palma in delivering over-the-top stylistic filigree."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"The mixture of gritty noir and supernatural shenanigans sits uneasily, but the film may simply be too bizarre to work at all."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Dead Again is a truly enjoyable popcorn movie, even if it is ultimately total nonsense."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A playful, whip-smart exercise in suspense."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Director and star Kenneth Branagh brings the same zest and bravura style to this actors' romp of a mystery-thriller as he did to Henry V."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A miscalculation from a prodigious talent who has forgotten that you squeeze the life out of romance when you don't give it space to breathe."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It straddles a fine line between genius and folly."
‑ , Film4
"Really pretty lame."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A decent thriller with a more than decent twist."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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