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Considered fairly gruesome in its day, the original 1958 The Fly looks like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood compared to this 1986 remake. Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis star as Seth Brundle, a self-involved research scientist, and Veronica Quaife, a science-magazine reporter. Inviting Veronica to his lab, Seth prepares to demonstrate his "telepod," which can theoretically transfer matter through space. As they grow closer over the next few weeks, she inadvertently goads Seth into experimenting with human beings rather than inanimate objects. Seth himself enters the telepod, preparing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What makes The Fly such a stunning piece of obsessive film making is the way Cronenberg deftly allows us to identify with his monstrous creation."
‑ Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"As slimy and as grotesque as some of its special effects become, The Fly is a far superior horror film to the top-grossing film in America of late, Aliens."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A masterpiece of tragic science fiction and Gothic horror..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It is a fright film, a morality play about being devoured by one's work and, most powerfully, a sad, sad love story of doomed partners."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"Cronenberg's most conventional film prior to A History Of Violence, The Fly is also among the finest of his American movies."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg's The Fly is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Fly seizes on our ingrained, instinctive horror of sexuality, the sense of shame that our fundamentally puritanical society can't help but teach us, and by confirming our worst fears, helps us, for a moment, to move beyond them."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Any dolt could fill a movie with sickening stuff, and there's nothing scary, funny or interesting about what Cronenberg has done. It is just tedious and insulting. Get the swatter."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Only Cronenberg can get away with working out his raw phobias on screen while being poignantly witty and repulsively entertaining at the same time."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Cronenberg's most triumphant and accessible film to date."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"What's good about the film are the strong performances and the ingenious, mostly amusing script. What's ugly, of course, is the grossness. And what's bad is the movie's inability to reconcile its good and ugly aspects."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A classic combination of the romantic and the macabre is about to set moviegoers abuzz the rest of the summer. It`s The Fly, a remake; but it`s accomplished with a brisk and chilling new inspiration."
‑ Jack Zink, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"One of the greatest, horror or otherwise."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"It left me itching for something less warped to identify with than a human fly."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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