Mary Reilly
Mary Reilly (1996)

This reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson's horror story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is told from the perspective of Jekyll's housekeeper Mary Reilly. Mary loves the doctor but doesn't understand his obsession with experiments or his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 23, 1996
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The movie looks good and has its moments. But, overall, the movie borders on boredom.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is too mannered, too stuffy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Mary Reilly works as Gothic melodrama because it understands the genre so well.

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Steve Crum

Certainly Julia Roberts' strangest role, and she does an OK job.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Sluggish and interminable, Mary Reilly makes good on little of its potential to be disturbing and none of its chance to be emotionally involving.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Director Frears seems more interested in the atmosphere than the narrative.

Michael Dequina

[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).

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

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.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

If nothing else, proves that when you take Julia's lipstick away, much of her appeal goes, too.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
instead of the usual first person perspective of stevenson's jekyll/hyde saga, herein the action is viewed from the eyes of a possibly abused country… More
Ginny  X
This movie captures my heart. Anyway, besides me, I think Julia Roberts played it all so well, even though Malkovich stole the spotlight all throughout the… More
Dean McKenna
Murky, mushy, glacially slow, and devoid of suspense, with one-note performances from the stars. Julia Roberts, unable to deploy her trademark smile, cowers… More
_kelly .King
tense and engaging, but more drama than scares
Film Crazy
its watchable but not a great version of the story of jekly and hdye. Its acted well by both Roberts and Malkovich and its watchable and has funny scenes and… More
Drew Smith
Ruinously boring, but with a few meager strengths to it. It's a neat stab at period horror and Stephen Frears pulled off the atmosphere of the tale very… More