USA Today - 04/06/2001
"...Freeman strides with noble authority..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/13/2001
"...The weblike story is an engagingly sticky trap of mind games and plot tricks as well as action..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2001
"...Well assembled....Lee Tamahori brings terse efficiency to the project..."
Total Film - 06/01/2001
"...Freeman brings dignity and weight to [his role]....A well-polished puzzle that dishes out enough clues to keep viewers engaged while holding back a couple of well-delivered surprises..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/06/2001
"...What Freeman has is the gift of reality....He imbues the detective with dignity, grace and presence..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/06/2001
"...[The film is] thick with atmosphere, and evokes the damp, wet gloom of a chilly season..."
The redoubtable Morgan Freeman returns as Washington, DC police detective Alex Cross, the master profiler, in an exciting thriller based on James Patterson's novel, ALONG CAME A SPIDER. The film is actually a prequel to the box office blockbuster KISS THE GIRLS. Here, Cross is pursuing a brilliantly twisted kidnapper who's holding the daughter of a U.S. senator. When the kidnapper, Gary Soneji (the effectively sinister character actor, Michael Wincott), who had posed as a schoolteacher for two years before making his move, contacts Cross and taunts him, but makes no demands for money, Cross starts to piece together a psychological profile. With the help of a clever and beautiful Secret Service agent, Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), Cross begins his investigation of the bizarrely elaborate and ruthless crime. But as is usual with Patterson's work, just when Cross (and the audience) thinks everything is resolved, a stunning twist unfolds. Acclaimed director Lee Tamahori (THE EDGE, ONCE WERE WARRIORS) is adept at staging the action, including a tense chase through Union Station during rush hour, and Freeman's pensive presence lends an extra level of gravity to this darkly entertaining thriller.