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Dragonfly (2002)


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 115

Critics Consensus: Sappy, dull, and muddled, Dragonfly is too melancholic and cliched to generate much suspense.

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 32

Critics Consensus: Sappy, dull, and muddled, Dragonfly is too melancholic and cliched to generate much suspense.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 54,269


Movie Info

When Doctor Joe Darrow's young wife dies in a tragic bus crash, he is devastated. He returns to his work, treating sick children. Soon, some of the children start to have remarkably similar near-death experiences, and Joe begins to wonder if the spirit of his late wife is trying to contact him.

PG-13 (for thematic material and mild sensuality)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Romance , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Mike Thompson , David Seltzer , Brandon Camp
In Theaters:
Jul 30, 2002
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Dragonfly

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (115) | DVD (35)

The undisputed king of the cornball concept, Kevin Costner has an uncanny aptitude for gravitating toward the dopiest projects in sight, but this time he's outdone himself.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The 'surprise' ending is as predictable as it is a long time coming.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Despite the film's aspirations to soul healing, its uplift remains mechanical, like an escalator's.

Full Review… | January 20, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

More dull than offensive, Dragonfly keeps Costner on screen for nearly every scene, which pretty much compounds the movie's boredom quotient.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

A sappy, often absurd disappointment.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A numbingly pretentious project.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Preposterously plotted, highly sentimental supernatural thrillers

Full Review… | August 17, 2011

Boring, phony and a complete waste of talent.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Neither spooky nor otherworldly.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

What Costner and everyone else is in constant danger of is spouting some awful dialogue.

Full Review… | April 14, 2007
Film Threat

Boy, does the final reel stink.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

The screenplay credited to Brandon Camp, Mike Thompson and David Seltzer starts out with energy and substance, but reverts to time-filling repetition before it reaches the last-minute climax.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
Cincinnati Enquirer

It's hard to take the weepy, oozing emotions of Kevin Costner's maudlin new film Dragonfly seriously.

Full Review… | February 25, 2004

If you're not expecting the second coming of Alfred Hitchcock ... Dragonfly is an agreeable way to pass the time.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Costner's just a soggy slice of milquetoast here -- not bad, mind you, but not what you'd call a square meal, either.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

'Dragonfly' tries to gather momentum by dipping into the box of tricks marked 'Shyamalan'.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003

Gad-does anybody have a really big fly swatter?

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Muddled, melodramatic paranormal romance is an all-time low for Kevin Costner.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

Abysmal film that's an embarrassment to all concerned.

Full Review… | October 30, 2002

Mistakenly, all about the payoff.

Full Review… | September 14, 2002
Mark Reviews Movies

The movie is incapable of generating surprise...[it's] a snore-inducing tidal wave of New Age corn.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002

It could have been a much meatier film in less insipid hands.

Full Review… | August 12, 2002
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Dragonfly


The movie is OK - not outstanding, just OK. It is frustrating as we see Joe (Costner) getting these supposed messages from his deceased wife, and we don't know if he is crazy or if he really is getting messages (which could also be construed as being crazy). Anyways Joe takes off for Venezuela to try and find out what happened for himself.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

a very workable watchable film moving from modern chicagoland hospitals to the jungles of venezula, a tale of love that at first questions a doctor's sanity only to later prove to remarkably trancend the uncrossable divide, even death.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

I have really had it up to HERE with jump scares. My days of being impressed by loud sudden sounds are over, as is my capacity to appreciate this film. Dragonfly comes too close on the heels of The Mothman Prophecies to be considered novel, and too badly handles to be very entertaining. The story itself was not half bad, but it would have sustained a short film better than a feature. This film gets extra points for the unique ending, though. I have to admit that I've never seen anything like it in horror.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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