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Year
1988
Runtime
116 min.
Director
David Cronenberg
Genres
Drama, Thriller
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
27,075
Checks
7,373
Favs
566
Dislikes
79
Favs/checks
7.7% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. Mhrass's avatar

    Mhrass

    a Great film with a great performance by the amazing jeremy irons, playing two characters in a leading role is something very difficult, but jeremy did it great. 10 years ago
  2. paranoica's avatar

    paranoica

    great dark film balancing on border of horror. 10 years 5 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Though the characters only really enter a Cronenbergian parallel reality in the third act when those... instruments... are commissioned, Dead Ringers is a creepfest from the beginning. It just plays on more subtle elements than traditional horror fare. Some people are creeped out by identical twins, and there's some of that here, paying off with the idea that two brothers share the same women without telling them. That they're gynecologists could make both genders squirm for different reasons, especially once one of them goes off the deep end and becomes dangerous. But beyond the twinning, it's a film about co-dependent relationships and their potential toxicity. Jeremy Irons has to track two characters, dissimilar in attitude, but "synchronizing" as the story unfolds, the more timid one trying to break the bond and suffering a breakdown in identity as a result. If he only sees mutant women, it's that he's part of a singular genetic ecosystem where everyone else is an "other", so could he really ever leave it? Self-actualization in this case leads to madness and tragedy. 2 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #8 in TIFF's Top Canadian Films
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  2. This movie ranks #21 in The Criterion Collection
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  3. This movie ranks #75 in Scott Tobias's The New Cult Canon
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  4. This movie ranks #89 in Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #124 in 366 Weird Movies
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  6. This movie ranks #200 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  7. This movie ranks #218 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  8. This movie ranks #227 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  9. This movie ranks #247 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
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  10. This movie ranks #513 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  11. This movie ranks #781 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  12. This movie ranks #868 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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