Dead Ringers
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Based extremely loosely on a true story, Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons. You read right--Irons essays the dual role of identical twin doctors, who frequently sub for each another professionally. The twins also capriciously share one another's lovers, priding themselves on that fact that their subterfurge has never been detected. Enter Genevieve Bujold, playing a popular actress. Courted by both twins, Genevieve selects the shyer of the two. The more aggressive sibling takes offense, setting the stage for the ruination of the brothers' relationship and careers. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director David Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"In a weird variation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde theme, the Mantles are drawn relentlessly and frighteningly towards an inevitable and appalling fate."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Impeccably executed, Cronenberg's first masterpiece is an unsettling film in which biological horror is entirely conveyed through pyschological exploration of character, masterfully played by Jeremy Irons in the best performance of his career."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Irons is startlingly off-kilter, his performance a veritable textbook example of deranged if icy brilliance"
‑ Keith Breese,
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Really sordid stuff that becomes ridiculous, painful, unbelievable and tedious."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"This is arguably David Cronenberg's masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's one of Cronenberg's more complex relationship tales, that puts a deadly spin on separation, loss and hopeless love."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dead Ringers is not a fun or particularly upbeat film, but it does grab you by the collar and it sucks you right into the screen."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The kind of movie where you ask people how they liked it, and they say, 'Well, it was well made,' and then they wince."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Irons gives a highly accomplished performance in a chilly knife-swapping psychodrama that remains among the director's leanest, meanest releases."
‑ , Film4
"Cronenberg and Irons achieve perfection in horror."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of Cronenberg's creepiest. And Irons is freaking amazing."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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