“Along Came A Spider Suffers From The Recurring Motion Picture Infection Of The Insultingly Preposterous Screenplay. ”
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
- 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
- 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
With the post-Silence glut of serial killer films, it takes a lot to make an impression, and Along Came a Spider lacks that all-important spark.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
- Irish Times
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
The film is never less than a guilty pleasure, but it leaves you unsatisfied and hungry for closure.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
It's as if Moss has studied every bad cop show on TV since the beginning of the medium, then distilled what he'd heard into this screenplay.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Se puede ver, pero sin buscarle mayor informacion o profundidad. Simplemente para pasar el rato.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
In terms of plotting, it's hardly breaking new ground, but spare a thought nonetheless for Morgan Freeman.
Mark Dinning - Empire Magazine
Alexander Walker - This is London
Along Came a Spider is a popcorn flick, a modest and entertaining thriller.
Ted Murphy - Baseline.Hollywood.com
Sinks the fledgling franchise to new depths--and quite possibly past the point of no return.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It is Lee Tamahori's taut pacing -- not to mention Neil Travis' exceptional editing -- that gives the film its one-two punch.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
certainly competent as a suspense thriller, but it never achieves any level beyond that
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
...so little makes sense and so much is left up to speculation that there isn't even an urge to get involved...
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Freeman always gives good value and the result is never less than watchable.
Neil Smith - BBC
Aside from Cross and Rose, none of the other characters in the film are very interesting.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As with a magic show, you know you are being fooled but you sit back and enjoy the illusion anyway.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
a slick product conceived in the executive conference room of some Hollywood studio, not in the mind of an artist
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
- Ebert & Roeper
There's deception, double-crosses and duplicity in this psycholgical thriler - and it's great to see an actor as classy as Morgan Freeman propelling a franchise like this.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
The kind of movie with so many suspension of disbelief high hurdles that any police officer, federal agent or audience member with a stitch of common sense would likely snicker all the way through.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A movie that thinks it's pretty smart but is really too dumb to hold together beyond its first few minutes.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
...what surprised me, however is that ACAS knows about the [criminal mastermind] stereotype... and throws us a twist that turns the whole film on its head.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Psych 101 meets Phil. 101 in a sophomoric thriller.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
I wish spider had brought a plot along with it.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
If Alex Cross is so intuitive and brilliant, why is he making a movie like this? It hurts me to see Freeman reduced to this mess.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Though a web is one of nature's most fascinating spectacles, watching a spider weave one can be less than thrilling.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
A perfect example of satisfying Hollywood entertainment on the big screen.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
It may be chock-full of psychological elements, but it's neither suspenseful nor thrilling.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
If Michael Wincott -- who under normal circumstances can chill your blood just by breathing -- can't make the villain compelling, you know the movie's in trouble.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
More of the same.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
No matter how many all-too-remarkable twists and turns it puts us through, it still feels too routine.
Brian McTavish - Kansas City Star
An ingenious thriller.
Louis B. Hobson - Calgary Sun
Delivers a good share of suspense, thrills and psychological goose bumps.
Tom Sander - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Thoroughly surprising and far from unsatisfactory.
John Anderson - Newsday
This Spider has little bite and offers nothing new for fans of suspense-detective dramas.
- E! Online
The same old Hollywood hooey.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Not even the cables on the Golden Gate Bridge would be able to suspend enough disbelief to make Along Came a Spider a truly worthwhile experience.
Steve Tilley - Edmonton Sun
Artful restraint in presentation can't counterbalance the lunacy of Along Came a Spider's content.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
After developing a complex story with enough twists and turns in the plot to choke a horse, they play the 'dumb audience' game ... spelling out everything.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Chronicle
Really, if you're not here for Freeman, you might as well back out of that turnstile and go home.
Vera H-C Chan - Contra Costa Times
Along Came A Spider weaves a somewhat ramshackle web, but it will probably keep you watching.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
Taken at face value, the film is entertaining, exciting at times and fun to watch.
Pam Sitt - Seattle Times
In movies like this, plot twists can make you gasp, 'Of course!' or they can make you snort, 'Oh, brother!' Patterson, Moss, and Tamahori don't seem to see the difference.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The story never works on any level but the glossy, manipulative surface.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A smooth, lightweight, disposable outing.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Freeman makes everyone look good.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
For the 'fraidy-cat film reviewer, Along Came a Spider is the perfect thriller.
Barry Johnson - Oregonian
A rather uninvolving thriller that's only a slight improvement on its predecessor.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Unlike Kiss the Girls, which was strongest in the first half and then got sloppy, Spider maintains its momentum and offers two surprises in the final reel.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
It comes at us in clumsy chunks of plot that fit together as badly as blocks of broken concrete.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The plot twists come in the final 30 minutes, and while they are entertaining, they're also ludicrous. One begins to wish the movie had stuck with its original plan of just being a mediocre cop thriller, rather than changing into something quasi-clever.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Wears the one-size-fits-all jumpsuit of a hundred forgettable crime capers.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Though somewhat marginally more engaging that its predecessor, Along Came a Spider falls into many of the same pitfalls, offering too many pat solutions and contriving too many implausible plot twists.
David Lawrence - Boxoffice Magazine
Cliche-ridden, driven by formula, and often just plain stupid.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Sadly, it just falls apart under its own overbearing weight of irrationality.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
You Should Pay Nine Bucks for This If: You like rolling your eyes at this sort of hooey and saying 'as if!' to your viewing companions. You'll be doing that a lot.
Dave White - IFilm
A first-rate detective story that never tries to exploit its situation for cheap thrills.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
From the gripping action sequence that opens the movie until the last twist, director Tamahori keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A nail biter so meticulous in its plotting and so intoxicating in its marathon-like pacing that once it's over, you feel as psychologically taxed, yet emotionally relieved.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Just sort of slogs along with cable-movie competence, directed by Lee Tamahori without a sense of pace, or gathering suspense.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Spider revisits too many worn-out tuffets.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
Along Came a Spider is much like its star: methodical, smooth, unflashy.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Spins its formulaic web like a black widow on automatic pilot.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
On some level, nearly every thriller asks viewers to suspend their disbelief. Along Came a Spider expects you to kick yours in the nuts, break both its legs, and not make hospital visits. You can't even send flowers.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
Where Kiss the Girls fell apart in the last ten minutes, Along Came a Spider unweaves in the entire third act.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A trick ending isn't enough to save Spider from a slow narrative death.
Arne Johnson - Citysearch
What this overly formulaic mystery never delivers is any insight into its characters or valid plot lines as to why they do what they do.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A mediocre widget stamped straight out of the mold of the popular police procedural, the kind featuring a master detective.
Curtis Morgan - Miami Herald
The final twist is just plain dumb, and neither the performers nor the script's explanation of the characters' motivation have the panache to carry it off.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Good solid entertainment.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Not only is it tedious and insipid ... but its very existence hinges upon a plot point so ludicrous, unexpected and ill conceived the movie probably makes sense if you see only the last eight minutes.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
A silly, cliched disappointment.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
To quote Monica, 'this is worse than killing time.'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A thoroughly enjoyable piece of hokum, a spiffily-directed nail-biter with twists that should make you smile even when they're totally implausible.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Flat and derivative.
Norm Schrager - Filmcritic.com
Not completely agreeable, but nonetheless, it manages to somehow remain a strong entertainment.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The movie is only so-so.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
There are just too many holes in the plotline of this hollow thriller for it to be convincing.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews