Dead Again
Dead Again (1991)

Set in contemporary Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles of the 1940s, Dead Again explores a romance between two star-crossed lovers -- and the doomed passion they shared in their last lifetime. Los Angeles detective Mike Church (Kenneth… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 23, 1991
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Branagh's contemporary American accent is annoying, and the film's constant inter-cutting of past and present lives becomes laughable.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense.

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Jason Bailey

His film is both a good mystery movie and a good movie-movie; its sheer "movieness" is what gives the picture its kick. As his career progressed, Branagh may very well have made better films than 'Dead Again.' But he never made another one this fun.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

As the twists come thick and fast and the plot gets progressively more and more baroque, Branagh shows himself to be at least as intelligent as Brian De Palma in delivering over-the-top stylistic filigree.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh.

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Odie Henderson
Slant Magazine

Logic is dull and all that jazz. What isn't dull, though, is the way Branagh as a director attacks this material.

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Variety Staff

Director and star Kenneth Branagh brings the same zest and bravura style to this actors' romp of a mystery-thriller as he did to Henry V.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A miscalculation from a prodigious talent who has forgotten that you squeeze the life out of romance when you don't give it space to breathe.

Brian Orndorf

It's a restless yet highly organized effort, displaying the director's desire to not just passively assemble a movie, but to rattle the senses as well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A woman arrives at a Catholic orphanage without her memory and subject to night terrors. The priest knows of a local detective, a graduate, who'll work… More
Ken Stachnik
While some of the dramatics are turned up to Spanish soap-opera levels, the script and story are solid overall.
Clintus Maximus
I love this noir-ish Hitchcock style thriller. Its lots of fun as well. Husband and wife team (married 1989-95) Branagh and Thompson shine as the leads. Branagh… More
Candy Rose
Excellent thriller about a woman (Emma Thompson) who has nightmares about a murder. Kenneth is the private detective who helps solve the case. This movie is… More
Tim Salmons
It's a pretty good thriller, but there are aspects about it that bother me. The score is completely over-the-top and the final minutes I was laughing all… More
Mason Williams
Dead Again is a well done mystery and suspense. Emma Thompson plays a lady whom in present day has amnesia and has reoccurring nightmares of a woman dying in… More