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Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers

1988
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 56m
The chilling story of identical twin gynecologists, suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality, who share the same practice, the same apartment, the same women. When a new patient, glamorous actress Claire Niveau, challenges their eerie bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons' tour-de-force performance (as both twins) raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity. (Criterion Collection)
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Dead Ringers

1988
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 56m
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Rated 23 Feb 2008
87
95th
Creepy and atmospheric. It's almost impossible to tell the difference between the twins as the movie progresses, Jeremy Irons gives a truly wonderful duel-performance here.
Rated 19 Jun 2019
75
80th
I've never been at a movie before where everyone in the audience, both male and female, crossed their legs at the exact same moment, minus the time I watched a drag queen hosted presentation of Basic Instinct. The less said about that the better.
Rated 15 Jul 2019
71
39th
Queasy, unsettling psychodrama is fatally lacking true insight into "The Mantle Twins" instead being content to shove its audience's collective face into an escalatingly perverse and ugly, self-destructive situation, further compunded by a cold and antiseptic approach which dulls what I assume is odd stabs at dark comedy. Counterbalancing this is Irons' magnificent, career-best performance as both men - he makes the film worth seeing, and indeed involving, for the most part.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
95th
Three cervixes.
Rated 08 Oct 2018
76
34th
As much as I appreciate the methodical pacing and the career-pinnacle performance from Jeremy Irons, the film doesn't do enough at late turning points to convince us that this is the most believable direction it could go. While I still liked the quiet ending, the film definitely should've worked harder to make it satisfying rather than just neat.
Rated 21 Jan 2019
87
87th
It's not much of a horror film, more of a drama that's kind of fucked up. Irons is truly incredible in this, even in isolation either of his performances would be worthy of praise and admiration, especially as Beverly. Dead Ringers surprisingly ends up being one of the most striking/affecting portrayals of addiction you're likely to see.
Rated 10 Sep 2008
100
99th
Plays as grotesque High Art - like Eakins' paintings of autopsy classes. Or if Bertolucci directed a snuff film. Importantly, it shows that behind Cronenberg's typical anxiety over the body and its functions lies a deep-seeded moral ambivalence and psychological malaise: in a very literal way, it gets under your skin, because it's attracted to the evil that has been festering there, in us, all along. The last shot is one of cinema's greatest.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
4
70th
Dead Ringers is definitely disturbing, and endlessly interesting to ponder and discuss, but it's not an easy watch by any means. There are more than a few moments that will make you uncomfortable to the point of leaning away from the screen, as if to distance yourself from the events occurring. Irons is truly excellent in the double roles, and the movie's descent into psychosis is really gripping.
Rated 14 Dec 2011
50
55th
Yes, Jeremy Irons puts on a performance (two performances?) worthy of a trifurcated uterus...but that didn't help alleviate the boredom felt while I waited and waited for some Cronenberg-esque vagina-themed creature to pop out of the walls. The imagery is simply too straightforward (obvious comparisons to the Siamese twins) to provoke any other thoughts than 'hey, these guys are like Siamese twins.'
Rated 29 May 2008
49
45th
Not Cronenberg's finest... not by a long shot. Ladies, don't watch this cringe-worthy stuff with your vaginas in tact; I should've left mine hanging on the towel rack overnight. Very hostile towards women, which disappointed me as a Cronenberg fan.
Rated 11 Sep 2014
75
65th
I felt violated, you have twin gynecologists descending into madness and a large chunk of it was boring because I am not smart enough for this.
Rated 22 Jan 2010
90
92nd
Women aren't treated too kindly in this film, but I don't believe Cronenberg is a misogynist. To be fair, the male twins both brilliantly portrayed by Jeremy Irons are rather repulsive man-creatures, and I tend to think this film is simply a dissection of sexuality and identity (or lack thereof), probing a bit of grotesque humanity. It is also one of Cronenberg's best-looking films, with lots of vibrant red and blue hues. It feels as cold and viscerally incisive as a surgeon's instruments.
Rated 18 Mar 2011
73
82nd
Didn't grab me as much as I thought it would, given the people involved. The quality of Iron's double performance goes without saying.
Rated 07 Sep 2013
75
75th
It takes a long time to develop a disturbing atmosphere, towards the end I was hoping for a 'Videodrome' style batshit insane ending, but it didn't really deliver.
Rated 09 Feb 2015
80
53rd
Tonally similar to Crash in its very moody, clinical, and more humorless approach as far as Cronenberg movies are concerned. Stylistically it is absolutely masterful, with typically flawless direction and Irons is absolutely ridiculous, perhaps being only slightly overshadowed by himself. It's a thoroughly inspiring suspense/horror but I found it too dementedly heavy-handed to rank it with my favorite Cronenberg films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
93rd
Great film about the importance of family. Cronenberg's two best movies are both irregular love triangles (the other being THE FLY, which directly preceded this one).
Rated 12 Jul 2019
5
94th
overall the most disturbing element was jeremy irons dipping pizza crust into wine and eating it like it's FINE.
Rated 13 Sep 2019
4
74th
Jesus Christ. Shit. What the fuck. This film's descent is so gradual, and eventually so extreme, that it requires some effort to process, or even to stomach, these appalling and terrible exhibitions. The brutalist architecture and mise-en-scene is off-putting, alien, revolting: a perfect habitat for this pair of co-dependent sociopaths. Jeremy Irons deserves every ounce of praise he's received for this performance (these performances).
Rated 21 Jan 2010
80
70th
Painful.
Rated 22 Oct 2009
3
28th
Separation Anxiety: The Movie
Rated 09 Jul 2009
90
89th
A brilliant film about separation anxiety and the toll it takes on one's mental health. Jeremy Irons gives two amazing performances worthy of numerous awards. Some of the most disturbing stuff Cronenberg has done and one of his best.
Rated 22 Jul 2010
68
66th
Jeremy Irons was terrific; and the writing was memorable in some scenes; but ultimately this film fell short of being the cerebral thriller I was hoping it would be. (although that absurdly all-red operating room was an great visual!)
Rated 21 Mar 2024
20
12th
More like "Dead Air". A half hour in I was bored to tears. Turned it off an hour in. Life is too short.
Rated 09 Mar 2009
9
97th
Fantastic, even if just for one of the greatest performances in cinema.
Rated 23 Apr 2020
89
86th
One of Cronenberg's best, creepy, beautifully shot and acted, and the score is as usual fantastic.
Rated 25 Aug 2011
80
81st
Fantastic double performance by Irons.
Rated 08 Jun 2013
50
25th
The more David Cronenberg films I watch, the more I realise he's more miss than hit. For me, anyway. I didn't like this film. I'm not necessarily saying it's a bad film, but there wasn't really much I thought was good about it. Jeremy Irons was definitely the best part of it, playing twins effortlessly. Unfortunately, I didn't find watching either of the character compelling at all. Cronenberg can be good, but I didn't think it showed here.
Rated 21 Oct 2011
85
84th
You haven't lived until you've watched this with your friend who happens to be a twin. The unsettling tone is taken to a whole new level. It's ultimately a very effective exercise in mood; love is the primary drive of everything the Mantle twins do, but they express it in such twisted fashion like it's the only way that they can. The best part is that its meaning remains ambiguous in a way that welcomes exploration. The gynecological tools are a triumph of prop design.
Rated 13 Sep 2011
65
42nd
"Dead Ringers" is an oddity -it relies on an admittedly intriguing gimmick and it manages to be weirdly compelling if relatively uninvolving. Irons is exceptional in a dual role and Cronenberg's direction is sharp, but those advantages don't fully secure the film's impact on an emotional as well as intellectual level. Sure, it's an interesting ride and occasionally a pretty funny one and the ending is as enigmatic as it's beautifully made. But it may just be weird for the sake of weird anyway.
Rated 27 Jun 2013
90
97th
Dead Ringers is a fantastic film. What's it about? Twin gynecologists who swap places with one another in order to have sex with their patients, all while becoming addicted to any number of drugs and inventing tools for their practice that would be considered torture if they were ever used. If that doesn't turn you off the film, you'll probably appreciate it. It has things to say, it's unsettling, creepy, and genuinely creepy, and there's an undercurrent of black humor swimming underneath.
Rated 10 Mar 2015
88
81st
uncomfortable but brilliant
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
Movie about sadness and loneliness. Great.
Rated 15 May 2023
70
24th
Problem #1: it doesn't feel like horror w/ drama elements, but vice versa - esp sluggish 1st hour #2: Presumably Cronenberg wants us to not always be able to tell the twins apart, but it's just annoying bc we'll eventually find out in a few minutes #3: the ways Cronenberg illustrates that the twins can't truly separate from one another is absurd in this otherwise realistic context especially when the usually in-control Elliot seemingly chooses to spiral out of control simply b/c his brother has.
Rated 09 Aug 2009
4
55th
Grotesquely interesting in the usual Cronenberg manner, but it doesn't exactly excite me anymore.
Rated 24 Dec 2020
80
78th
Sick and twisted, in the best possible way.
Rated 30 Dec 2011
71
23rd
I found this slightly boring.
Rated 24 Aug 2020
52
12th
I wasn't unsettled, and it wasn't what I consider psychological horror, so it hit lower than what I had expected. There are better executions on the theme of addiction and of descent into madness, and better reflections on body and identity than that.
Rated 06 Nov 2017
80
81st
kendisini açık etmeme derdi olmadan ama aklından geçen her şeyi de bağırarak ifade etmeyen filmlerin bazen demlenmesi gerekiyor değerlerini göstermeleri için. kastettiğim anlamak, baştan sonra filmi görebilmek değil; nitelikleri takdir edebilmek. cronenberg'in izler izlemez en afalladığım, jenerik aktıktan sonra dahi çakılı kaldığım filmi bile niteliğini bir biçimde gösteriyor. yalnızca çok iyi bir teknisyen değil, harika bir hikaye anlatıcısı ve süper bir kafa.
Rated 27 Nov 2010
82
70th
Stylistically, it is a lot more restrained than Cronenberg's other films (though of course, we have to have a wacky dream sequence or two). Twins or doppelgangers always fascinates me in film (especially if they are played by the same actor) and Irons really succeeded in his dual-performance. As you'd expect from Cronenberg, he is absolutely fearless when dealing with the human body in his films, but here, the mutilation is far less superficial.
Rated 17 May 2008
86
84th
A strange Cronenberg film that examines a lot of topics surrounding identity. The primary force in the movie is Jeremy Irons, who plays both twins to perfection, making each of them unique characters. Cronenberg's distinctive style works perfectly in making these characters simultaneously human and disturbing.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
92
88th
It's a movie that leaves you very much thinking "What. The. Fuck." at the end of it. Very well done, and a marvelous job by Jeremy Irons in acting both roles, but the story itself is so twisted that it's a hard movie to swallow. By the second or third time through, once you've sorted out what happens, the movie becomes amazing-but it takes stomaching it two or three times to get there.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
80
58th
good concept and art direction, sort of bogs down in the attempt. not bad.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
David Cronenberg #4
Rated 12 Jan 2009
99
92nd
if i create top 10 of my favorite movies, this one will be in TOP 3. I don't know why but this movie impressed me a lot. The moment when Elliot understood that Beverly is a mess and synchronize himself to his brother's self-destruction really gives me a chill. The final hug too. You must be blind to dislike this movie
Rated 03 Oct 2011
85
59th
Jeremy Irons is spectacular. While there is very little outright gore, Cronenberg fills the film with an unsettling atmosphere and it works.
Rated 19 Jan 2019
69
73rd
Another really fun Cronenberg entry with Irons being incredibly amazing in dual roles. It's unsettling and strange. My only beef is it does get a bit slow at times.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
79
66th
# 422
Rated 06 Oct 2009
80
86th
Irons is outstanding in his central role(s). Less visceral maybe than Cronenberg's usual fare but no less disturbing.
Rated 06 Aug 2007
5
95th
emotionally sterile like surgeons instruments yet so touching eps. at the end
Rated 13 Mar 2014
60
12th
Booring...
Rated 24 Feb 2013
85
80th
Fascinating. Partly about dependency on drugs perhaps, or dependency on a facade to get through life, but mostly about codependency. The relationship between Elliot and Bev is portrayed impeccably by Jeremy Irons in both roles. It really is a masterful performance, and watching the two share the screen is endlessly entrancing. It's a subtle brand of horror, but definitely horror, disturbing and emotionally involving at the same time to spine-chilling effect.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
4
93rd
Perhaps Cronenberg's best looking film, alternating between blu tinted and warmer looking colors, reflecting the twin's state of mind in particular scenes. This is a real tragedy and an exploration of identity or lack thereof, superbly acted by Irons, who adds small nuances to the two characters without making them too different from each other. Might just be my favorite Cronenberg.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
68
70th
Creepy, sublime, and completely wrong, this is David C. at his best.
Rated 12 Aug 2017
8
71st
created in a lab by scientists and supercomputers to be the worst first-date movie possible
Rated 25 Mar 2011
85
94th
hayatlari boyunca birlikte yasayan, yedikleri, ictikleri, yattiklari kadinlari paylasan ikizlerin bir kadin yuzunden farkli cephelere ayrilmasiyla tum dunyalari altust olur. yonetmen ikizlerden yararlanarak kisilik bolunmesi analizini yapmis. insan kisiliginin ne kadar zayif ve kirilgan oldugunu; aklin, dusuncenin insana verebilecegi zarari gostermis sanki
Rated 07 Feb 2013
92
65th
Original. Great job by Irons!
Rated 12 Oct 2011
70
39th
Great performance by Jeremy Irons.
Rated 29 Dec 2020
83
97th
I would have to say this is my favorite Cronenberg film. It has great psychological horror, and is filmed so well. His use of dark and sporadic bright colour is brilliant. Irons is truly great here and Bujold and the rest of the cast are also very good.
Rated 02 Sep 2012
75
71st
A typically disturbing Cronenberg movie from the 80's. Hurt is exceptional in the dual role.
Rated 16 Jan 2013
80
91st
irons was robbed of his oscar for this role, twice. the story is utterly captivating, exuding a trademark Cronenberg creepiness. the script is tight, and it's elevated by irons' impeccable performance. going from "the fly" to this, cronenberg flaunts his range with absolute flair.
Rated 22 Dec 2009
89
80th
Once again, Cronenberg scares us with his dark vision of the body. This time, he questions the whole matter of identity. This is one of Jeremy Irons best performance; i can't remember another dual role played with such subtle--but always instantly recognizable--differences.
Rated 11 Mar 2010
69
80th
it's an impressive performance, but while the film has some strange ideas, i feel like the concept isn't quite out-there enough for cronenberg to really show off his talent.
Rated 09 Aug 2010
78
46th
Kind of lost me for the middle third (and, if I'm honest, a lot of the final third) but still brought up a lot of interesting thoughts. Irons' performances were excellent and man, those tools, urghh
Rated 24 Nov 2013
78
64th
Calmly paced, stoic descent into another Cronenberg creation. Irons splits himself in two & where one goes the other must follow. Poetic touch having their careers and perhaps obsession "We always intended to move into research" revolve around the place the twins first met. Introduce a new uterus, a mutant one. This begins the slow separation process aided by a damning cocktail of medical sedatives, jealousy & professional collapse.
Rated 07 Jul 2013
70
40th
I don't remember much of this film, but the entire thing was quite muddy and messy. Only someone like Cronenberg could direct a story as wacky as this.
Rated 26 Jun 2011
75
56th
I went into this movie expecting to love it, as I'm a Cronenberg fan. I'm not sure what I think, having finished it. There are moments of sheer brilliance (gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women). There is a long, slow train-crash of an ending. It has a beautiful madness to it. It wins points on delivering an unnerving tone. It loses points for being really slow and muddy.
Rated 10 Nov 2011
9
91st
Compulsively lonely and equally fantastic. Would be highly uncomfortable watching this with someone else yet if it wasn't it wouldn't be Cronenberg.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Creepy Cronenberg.
Rated 19 Feb 2007
95
98th
Fucking whoa times three. Or times two?
Rated 11 Mar 2014
82
58th
a disturbing, chilling film with an intriguing premise. i quite enjoyed irons's performance (as both beverly and elliot) and was thoroughly impressed with the film's visual prowess. i liked the issues the film explored with relation to identity, self and separation, but would have liked to see it take them a step further, especially though further exploration of elliot's character.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
78
56th
439
Rated 18 Jun 2009
4
87th
Jeremy Irons gives a great performance, but the story could have been more fleshed out and there are moments where the pacing is really slow. Not one of Cronenberg's best, but still good.
Rated 24 Feb 2010
90
82nd
Nothing outright terrifying happens in it and yet it is the most insidious, uncomfortable and creepy Cronenberg film.
Rated 02 Feb 2015
85
77th
Trebles all round! Cronenberg makes me feel sympathetic, sad, almost melancholic at times watching the deterioration of Iron's character(s?) but also disgusted, shocked, scared, and creeped out. The bodyhorror here is toned down, an indication of things to come later in Cronenberg's career as he starts playing around with the psychology of the characters and the audience in a much more subtle manner. The cool blue and grey tones of the film go well with the blending of real and surreal.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
2nd
Genevieve Bujold is hot. But the whole thing is disturbing throughout.
Rated 04 Jun 2007
60
47th
Excellent acting from Irons, but this movie never really satisfies
Rated 19 Mar 2011
91
98th
An unnerving Gothic soap opera with intriguing ideas. Jeremy Irons should get immunity from death for this. Just perfect.
Rated 28 Feb 2009
70
68th
"Irons is startlingly off-kilter, his performance a veritable textbook example of deranged if icy brilliance."
Rated 02 Feb 2021
3
72nd
those red surgical gowns....
Rated 24 Aug 2020
80
65th
I'm aaa creeep / I'm aaa Cronenbeeeerg
Rated 01 Sep 2010
86
87th
Cronenberg develops a double Jeremy Irons extremely well and the strong performance delivers.
Rated 29 Sep 2010
10
6th
It's like an alternate universe where Michael Ignatieff is just as narcissistic as normal, but now has a twin brother, a career in gynocology instead of politics, and some psychopathic tendencies. An interesting thought experiment for a quiet moment to be sure, but gets boring after about 6 minutes.
Rated 25 Jul 2020
59
7th
Good acting and cinematography can only get you so far. The whole thing seems so lifeless, dull and absolutely pointless that I could only think "what the fuck was the point of all this?" The movie seems like it has some stuff to say about subjects like individuality, sexuality and personality but really it just says nothing.
Rated 24 Mar 2020
64
22nd
Equally fascinating and uninteresting.
Rated 07 Oct 2013
78
58th
77.500
Rated 16 Mar 2022
75
56th
A Cronenbergian drama with absolutely no horror and very little Cronenberg goodness. Still very much enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
83rd
Amazingly (and loosely) based on the Marcus twins. More info can be found in The Professor and the Prostitute, by Linda Wolfe.
Rated 27 Dec 2010
80
77th
Just remembered this film, only knew the Danish title. It's amazaing, one of Jeremy Irons' best in my opinion.
Rated 04 Oct 2008
78
56th
Like most Cronenberg films, I am not sure how much I actually enjoy them. They are usually intelligent -- quite cerebral and brooding -- and they make me think. But they are also obsessed with cold, unpleasant things. "Dead Ringers" is no different. But it's one of his best, with a performance by Jeremy Irons that is tremendous. The scene toward the end ... if you have seen it, you know what I mean. That's one affecting scene if you get me.
Rated 11 Feb 2013
83
89th
In a way, this wondrous story of brotherhood is also another powerful statement on human body by Cronenberg. They are not only obsessed with the women trey treat -- Bev is sentimental, has feelings for a patient but also thinks there are full of mutant vaginas out there; Elly is icy, clinical, the man that makes speeches --, but with their own bodies, their condition of identical (but separated) persons, that were born, live -- and will eventually die together.
Rated 23 Aug 2013
50
12th
ikiz kardesler, doktor, uyusturucu, jinekolog, doktor-hasta iliskisi, saplantili ask, kiskançlik, oyuncu kadin (basarili doktor ikizler ayni hasta kadinla kadinin bilgisi disinda birlikte olmaktadirlar. Kadin bir süre sonra gerçegi ögrenir. İki kardesin kendisini kandirdigini fark eder. kardeslerden birisi kadini sevmektedir. Kadinin yanina gider, isleri aksar, uyusturucu kullanmaya baslar.)
Rated 16 Aug 2010
71
73rd
Disturbing psychological thriller, with Irons unforgettably effective in the lead roles -- it *really* does seem like two actors in the parts! One of Cronenberg's creepiest films, but without the usual gross effects he's famous for, this once again proves him a genre director of real force and power, maybe the most original since Hitchcock.
Rated 22 Jan 2007
60
22nd
Creepy and virtuosic performance(s) by Irons are the best reason to watch it.
Rated 08 Oct 2012
75
68th
An unsettling atmosphere throughout, and the slow downward spiral of the two Ironses has some fascinatingly disturbing moments, but the peaks are few and far between. Still, it's so incredibly easy to forget you're watching one actor play two characters, an amazing performance.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
91st
Jeremy Irons is outstanding as the twins in this gruesome tale of drugs, identity. Originally slammed in this country for being too far fetched, despite being lossely based on a true story
Rated 22 Aug 2009
80
84th
Love Cronenberg.
Rated 10 Sep 2017
85
67th
Creepy, effective, not predictable early on where exactly it was going. Impressive dual performance/directing without modern CGI (eg Social Network twins). V. Glad to have seen it but dont think I'd enjoy repeat viewings (as Summary below says "Chilling", "disturbing"
Rated 06 May 2014
6
83rd
cool film regarding the inseparable lives of identical twins. slowly and steadily descends into a deadly metaphor. often there might be a bit of distance between me and cronenberg emotionally, but i always like his films a lot.
Rated 03 Jan 2007
99
98th
Gêmeos Mórbida Semelhança estreava há 35 anos nos EUA e Canadá. O Irons deveria ter vencido o Oscar por Dead Ringers e não por O Reverso da Fortuna dois anos depois, sequer foi indicado por esse filme, mesmo ganhando prêmios de ator nas principais premiações da crítica americana. Por isso p Oscar sempre foi e sempre será uma fraude. DVD Versátil.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
46th
Jeremy Irons' Oscar for "Reversal of Fortune" was actually just a make-good because he wasn't nominated for this film. He's incredible. Weird movie, though.

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