Along Came a Spider moves at a taut, well-metered pace, one that allows for scenes of psychological excavation.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Impersonal, barely ept.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Like a paperback plucked from a counter at an airport, Spider is an impulse buy of a film, a time killer that will neither tax your brain nor challenge your memory.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
Freeman's performance -- one of laserlike perspicacity shining through eyes made narrow by a laconic, been-there-done-that cool -- is the film's ramrod-true spine.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Along Came a Spider is efficient, but in the end quite pedestrian.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
If you tend to really analyze thrillers, and then get bugged when there are gaps in logic, save yourself the aggravation.
Louis B. Parks - Houston Chronicle
Anyone with any knowledge of police procedure will have to start suspending disbelief in a big way.
Al Brumley - Dallas Morning News
Even at half speed, Freeman excels: He knows how to whip out his badge at a crime scene and make it seem as if he had been doing it his whole life.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Man, are you gonna be talking when you come out of this movie! Saying things like 'but why...' and 'if she...' and 'wouldn't he...' and 'how come...' as you try to trace your way back through the twisted logic of the plot.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Freeman -- and even Alex Cross -- deserve better employment.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Detective yarns should be tauter than this slack affair.
Desmond Ryan - Philadelphia Inquirer
No matter how average the script, the direction or the company, any movie that stars Freeman is worth two hours and nearly 10 bucks.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Robert Koehler - Variety
From the very beginning of the movie, irritating implausibilities speckle Mark Moss' script.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Along Came a Spider is watchable, but that's about all.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Gets tangled in its own web of absurdities.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Potter doesn't resemble a Secret Service agent in any significant way, but so little in this movie rings true that it hardly matters.
Robert Horton - Film.com
There are popcorn movies, and then there are movies like this one, which, by its conclusion, make you want to toss your empty popcorn bag at the screen.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A dreary, ludicrous thriller.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Sink under the weight of its own preposterousness despite the best efforts of the always-effective Morgan Freeman to stave off disaster.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Strikes out in one direction, then reverses course in a manner that defies all logic.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood has screwed up again, big-time.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Morgan Freeman reprises his role from Kiss the Girls in this inferior psychological thriller
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Blood, violence, murder good Freeman, dumb plot.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
I don't begrudge Freeman his own hero-man franchise, but I wish the movies worked harder to be worthy of him.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
I felt like I was kidnapped and forced to watch this drek as punishment.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
Enjoyment, or even tolerance, of 'Along Came A Spider' hangs upon a couple of plot twists, which even by Hollywood standards are pretty far-fetched.
Tom Grealis - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
It's a good-looking, mostly well-acted but preposterously plotted movie.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The best I can say is that this was a relatively inoffensive way to pass a couple of hours, but after about a day I'm having trouble remembering any of it already.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Director Lee Tamahori and screenwriter Marc Moss treat their star (and his character) with all due respect, and manage to turn out an engrossing, entertaining movie in the process.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Freeman, as always, is a still center of dependable calm and intelligence, but Potter registers only as another generic blonde.
John Patterson - L.A. Weekly
Along Came a Spider isn't a smart thriller like Se7en or Copycat; instead, it's more of a watchable idiotic thriller.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
[Lee]Tamahori keeps the pacing lively enough that he doesn't allow the audience time to linger on the many plot implausibilities
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Is it too much to ask for reasonable explanations of human behavior in a psychological thriller?
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
so hell-bent on surprising us that it's willing to sacrifice just about anything -- logic, credibility, common sense, etc. -- in the hopes of catching the audience off-guard.
James Sanford - James Sanford on Film
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Gives Morgan Freeman a chance to once and for all prove that he could walk through a garbage heap and convince you it smells nice.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Obviously under the impression that their audience lacks the common sense of a kiwi, the filmmakers present a 1-2-3 punch of inescapably insipid plot twists.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
...does little to enhance the reputation of mystery thrillers in general and little to solidify Freeman's claim to importance as a serious actor.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
You begin to feel like the butt of some absurd joke or embroiled in a wilfully obscure Buddhist koan. What is the sound of one movie sucking?
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central