Mary Reilly
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Based on the novel by Valerie Martin, this gothic suspense story offers a fresh perspective on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror tale Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by presenting the material from a different viewpoint -- that of Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts), an Irish servant girl who has come to work for esteemed surgeon Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Malkovich). Mary is fascinated but also intimidated by her new employer, while the doctor seems to take a personal interest in her that goes beyond mere professional courtesy, much to the annoyance of Mr. Poole (George Cole), Jekyll's brutish… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is too mannered, too stuffy."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mary Reilly works as Gothic melodrama because it understands the genre so well."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Certainly Julia Roberts' strangest role, and she does an OK job."
‑ Steve Crum,
"I have nightmares about being forced to sit through 'Mary Reilly' one more time."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Dreary, stagy and dull."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Sluggish and interminable, Mary Reilly makes good on little of its potential to be disturbing and none of its chance to be emotionally involving."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Director Frears seems more interested in the atmosphere than the narrative."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"[Roberts's] acting is of the Melrose Place/Andrew Shue variety, her eyes blank and mouth often agape (not unlike the photo of her used in the print ads)."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Psychological thriller that nibbles at the edges of the theme of sexual repression and its perils."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Is it a gothic horror? Is it a psychological thriller? Is it a love story? Ultimately, it seems the filmmakers don't even know the answer, and as a result Mary Reilly doesn't succeed in any genre."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"Unfortunately, your response to the bizarre story of terror and lust that dare not speak their name is pretty well limited to Roberts' response -- which is, in turn, limited by her technique."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Mary Reilly is haunting, not only because of its foggy, shadowy settings, but because of the questions it encourages us to ask about ourselves and others."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"If nothing else, proves that when you take Julia's lipstick away, much of her appeal goes, too."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Julia Roberts' performance was justly mocked, but the remainder of the film may be the most faithful version of Jekyll and Hyde ever made."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Um filme intrigante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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