Which movie? I've only seen The Fly, but I really enjoyed that.
A History of Violence. ..
I agree with a lot this criticism although I thought History of Violence was still a decent movie, if overrated and a bit overhyped for the year (it'd been awhile since Cronenberg had done a film, so it was a much ballyhooed "return to form" for the man). It had Cronenberg-ian signifiers and directing flourishes to it, however it was definitely a B-movie at heart (a lot like Black Swan that way, which is in theaters now, though for very different reasons). At least I could enjoy the leads and supporting actors, even if they were working with 2nd-rate, bush-league, comic book material.
Whatever demerits History of Violence had, it was nowhere near as atrocious as Eastern Promises, his follow-up a couple of years later, which took all the hammy, idiotic, and over-the-top elements of History of Violence and multiplied them to the power of 1000, while leaving all the good on the cutting room floor. It was like by an entirely different director. Hope Noami Watts was payed well for the shame of acting in that piece of dreck. Awful. Horrendous. One of the worst films that year and easily the worst Cronenberg. He needs to stay away from shitty mobster scripts and "graphic novels" and get back to his gut-wrenching, existential identity and body horror themes he knows thick and thin. Viggo Mortesson is a fine actor in his own right but I don't think he's a good "fit" for Cronenberg. He's coaxed his best performances out of Jeremy Irons, Ralph Fiennes, and James Spader.
Spider remains his masterpiece, followed closely by Naked Lunch.