Dead Ringers
Dead Ringers (1988)

Based extremely loosely on a true story, Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons. You read right--Irons essays the dual role of identical twin doctors, who frequently sub for each another professionally. The twins also capriciously… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 23, 1988
DVD Release Date: January 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Director David Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Cronenberg, who has begun to emerge as a master of body-related horrific fantasy, clearly understands that a small amount of medical mischief can be more unnerving than conventional grisliness.

Cathy Burke
United Press International

Dead Ringers may be a beautifully structured and well-acted movie, but it certainly's isn't an easy film to watch. Still, if you like horror movies, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat, albeit squirming every minute.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

People like myself who find the character played by [Genevieve] Bujold (in one of her best performances) more interesting than either of the twins are bound to feel rather frustrated by the end.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Really sordid stuff that becomes ridiculous, painful, unbelievable and tedious.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

In a weird variation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde theme, the Mantles are drawn relentlessly and frighteningly towards an inevitable and appalling fate.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

An intense psychological drama which confronts [Cronenberg's] familiar preoccupations -- fear of physical and mental disintegration, mortality, the power struggle between the sexes -- without the paradoxical protection of visceral disgust.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The kind of movie where you ask people how they liked it, and they say, 'Well, it was well made,' and then they wince.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This is arguably David Cronenberg's masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Brilliantly offbeat and twisted. Irons' performance is a must-see.
Alex roy
Dead Ringers is a prime example of fine psychological horror in top form. The film plays out effectively on the human mind as Cronenberg unleashes yet another… More
Greg S
A woman disturbs the delicate psychic balance between twin gynecologists. Genuinely unnerving psychodrama with a dominating performance by Jeremy Irons.
Lee ?
Pretty tame for a Cronenberg movie, accept for one scene there's none of your usual grotesqueness or disturbing bodily mutations. It's all… More
Graham Jones
As come to be expected, this is another strange tale from David Cronenberg. Featuring brilliant performances from Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons).
Dan Schultz
A disturbing if slow-moving story concerning twin gynecologists (Jeremy Irons, playing both roles) whose lives start to spiral out of control simultaneously.… More