The Fly
The Fly (1986)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 15, 1986
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.

Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

At its best, the movie comes close to the power of classic tragedy.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A masterpiece of tragic science fiction and Gothic horror...

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
Goldblum and the over-the-top special effects really craft this movie into the classic that it is today, but Cronenberg's ability to find pathos in the… More
Samuel Riley
A truly gut-wrenching masterpiece. A horror film that features sophistication, superb acting and plenty of violence and gore. This movie proves that Jeff… More
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Eric Shankle
One of my favorite horror films. It's disgusting but also offers plenty of character development. This is what makes "The Fly" stand out. You… More
KJ Proulx
"The Fly" is one of the more realistically creepy films you will ever see. With great pacing leading up to the incredible transformation, David… More
Spencer S.
Gruesome and horribly discomforting, The Fly is a remake that pushes the boundaries of conventional horror film, and makes you squeamish all over, keeping you… More