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Wealthy Helene Delambre (Patricia Owens) is discovered late at night in the factory owned by her husband Andre (David Hedison). Helene stands beside a huge metal press, which has crushed the head and arm of her husband. Held for murder, the near-catatonic Helene refuses to tell anyone--not even Andre's brother Francois (Vincent Price)--why she did it. Francois cannot help but notice that Helene reacts in mortal terror when a tiny flies zips through the room. Nor can he disregard the statement made by Helene's son Philippe (Charles Herbert) that the fly has a curious white head and leg.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One strong factor of the picture is its unusual believability."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the better, more restrained entries of the 'shock' school."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"A bit corny, but mostly a chilling and worthwhile experience. Mother Nature is the bad guy in this tale. The humans are all protagonists. All of them."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"The script works hard to ensure that the premise delivers without succumbing to its surface absurdity."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"A barometer for what some people perceive as funny and what others think is creepy"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Slightly above average 50s science fiction (1958), enlivened by a nearly literate script by James Clavell."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The climax ("Help me!") has given many viewers chills while providing others with chuckles -- I'm in the former camp; the primal terror of that situation never fails to move me -- but the rest is efficient in its solemnity."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Contemporary horror fans will be struck by how much more dramatic than horrific 'The Fly' is."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Funny, horrible and inventive -- in its own deranged way this is a classic of 1950s horror."
‑ , Film4
"Though hardly a masterpiece, [the film] stands in many ways above the level of B-movie science fiction common in the 1950s."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Clavell's script successfully treads a fine line between black comedy and po-faced seriousness."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's the charisma of Vincent Price that really drives this movie and makes it a classic even today."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The Fly is a study in how the boldness of new discoveries is compromised by science's need for precision, but it's also a nightmarish tale of a comfortable little family, and a nagging little buzz."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Every absurdity is offered and deciphered with such calm as to become hallucinatory"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Fun and frightening."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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