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Christine (1983)

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20

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Director John Carpenter returns to the suburban landscape he explored so chillingly in Halloween (1978) with this lean, stripped-down adaptation of the Stephen King best-seller about a haunted car with a devilishly bad attitude and the teen underdog who falls head-over-heels for her chrome-accented charms. Shortly after geeky, horn-rim-sporting Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) narrowly escapes a beating at the hands of shop-class bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) on the first day of his

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Sep 28, 2004

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (8) | DVD (21)

This deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Carpenter's thematic self-consciousness can't entirely overcome a shaky dramatic structure that sacrifices character logic to increasingly meaningless thrills.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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Off the page, a 1958 Plymouth is no more scary than the St Bernard which romped through Cujo.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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This is the kind of movie where you walk out with a silly grin, get in your car, and lay rubber halfway down the Eisenhower.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Only a moderately engrossing film.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Christine shows us what great filmmakers can do with flawed material, and how even their greatness can't solve every problem.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

Proves Carpenter's mastery of both mood and the widescreen frame.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Slickly made dumb horror flick about a diabolical car and a nerd transformed into a lady killer.

January 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fifties fetishism here is not nostalgia but critique, the cultural residue that deforms consciousness

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Tight editing and some decent scares make this one of the better King adaptations.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Boils down to another average adaptation of one of the increasingly weak Stephen King novels that hit Hollywood like a bad rash in 1983.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tense and faithful adaptation of the Stephen King classic.

July 22, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Christine doesn't distinguish itself alongside director John Carpenter's high points.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Amusingly silly horror flick with better than average production values

September 18, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It manages to entertain.

January 27, 2002 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
ToxicUniverse.com

Carpenter's classic concerning killer cars.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Christine

A minor work by Carpenter but still thoroughly entertaining. Great character acting by Robert Prosky and Roberts Blossom as well.
November 10, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

I usually don't tend to find possessed vehicle movies particularly frightening but there was something really menacing and chilling about "Christine" - the devilish Plymouth Fury that seduces a 17 year-old college boy into fixing her up to her former glory to get up to more murderous mischief. It's pretty tame violence wise with the bad language being far harsher, but it's a really enjoyable film with good suspense and tongue-in-cheek humour. One of my favourites from Carpenter.
April 17, 2011
WrenchLT
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

Totally ridiculous, but fun at points. Not one of Carpenter's stronger efforts, but far from his worst.
March 11, 2011
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

A great story from Stephen King, it may sound silly at first sight, but if you see it you'll see what a great psychological and supernatural horror movie it is.
January 18, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

    1. Dennis Guilder: That's funny, 'cause I heard that it was totaled.
    2. Arnie Cunningham: Well, after I swept up the broken glass, it wasn't too bad.
    – Submitted by S.R. H (20 months ago)
    1. Arnie Cunningham: Don't touch me, s******! This is what you wanted! Get away from her!
    – Submitted by S.R. H (20 months ago)
    1. Leigh Cabot: God, I hate rock and roll.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Buddy: Let's give this a**hole some of his own medicine.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Arnie Cunningham: Oh man, there is nothing finer than being behind the wheel of your own car! Except 'maybe' for pussy!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Buddy: (to Arnie) I'll fix you, you're gonna wish you were never fu**ing born!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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