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Dead Ringers

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Canada, United States · 1988
Rated R · 1h 55m
Director David Cronenberg
Starring Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon
Genre Thriller, Horror

Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot has affairs with many of his patients. When he loses interest, Beverly steps in, without the woman knowing the difference. But when Beverly falls hard for one of the women, who inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.

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Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style.


Chicago Tribune by Dave Kehr

It's almost too rich in ideas for its own good: The sense of concentration and proportion isn't there. But it remains an astonishing, magnetic, devastating piece of work. [23 Sept 1988]


Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Is this misogyny, as some insist, or a critique of misogyny, as others say? Many moviegoers, grossed out by the film's gothic approach to medical matters, won't watch long enough to find out which is the answer. [30 Sept 1988]


Washington Post by Desson Thomson

For those who enjoy cinematic visits to other, darker worlds, this blood's for you. Watching Ringers is not unlike watching a critical operation -- unnerving but also enthralling. [23 Sept 1988]


The New York Times by Elvis Mitchell

What makes the performance(s) even better is that Mr. Irons invests these bizarre, potentially freakish characters with so much intelligence and so much real feeling. [23 Sept 1988, p.C10]


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

An astonishing tour de force--especially for Irons, whose sense of nuance is so refined that one can tell in a matter of seconds which twin he is playing in a particular scene.


USA Today by Mike Clark

An instant classic, an Oscar-worthy showcase for Jeremy Irons, and a tightrope ballet over dicey screen material… A subtle movie - and thus a disturbing one. Like “Vertigo,” “The Night of the Hunter,” “Repulsion” and a few others, it finds beauty in morbidity - then nags you to come back for a second dose. [23 Sept 1988]

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