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Dreamcatcher (2003)

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30

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 118

An incoherent and overly long creature feature.

30

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 26

An incoherent and overly long creature feature.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 131,706

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Four men are changed forever by an act of mercy -- changes which have a profound impact many years later -- in this blend of horror and science fiction based on a novel by Stephen King. Jonesy (Damian Lewis), Henry (Thomas Jane), Pete (Timothy Olyphant), and Beaver (Jason Lee) were four friends who, as schoolboys, rescued a boy with Down's Syndrome, Duddits (Donnie Wahlberg), from a savage beating at the hands of bullies. Their experience with Duddits left the boys profoundly changed, as they

Jun 1, 2004

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King is dreamily free-associating, which doesn't mean he's plumbing his unconscious in search of new nightmare archetypes; it means he's recycling bits of old horror and sci-fi flicks and even setups from his own novels.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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Stupid, sophomoric and moronically silly, it leaves you with the feeling that you might welcome shock treatment just to get your brain back.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
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... not since Death to Smoochy have so many talented people made such a mess of things.

March 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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If hopeless literalist Kasdan could have decided on a tone ... this could have been a gynophobe's Independence Day.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A bumpy thrill ride.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Easily one of the most absurdly over-plotted and incoherently condensed horror movies of recent times.

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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As soon as Morgan Freeman's alien hunter/military commander turns up, a riveting movie starts morphing into a predictable villain-on-the-warpath action flick.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

This Stephen King is way too scary for kids.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's a great cast, and a great director, but ultimately the finishing product fails to live up to any potential.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Call me crude -- I have to love a scene of suspense built around fallen toothpicks and a toilet monster.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Those looking for a stomach-turning alien film may be pleased, but those looking for a smarter psychological thriller will be sorely disappointed.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

I challenge you to name a movie with a more convoluted or preposterous storyline.

January 15, 2005 | Comments (9)
Looking Closer

What begins as a pique to our collective curiosity quickly degenerates into what is essentially a shootout between the good guys and the monsters.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

We have a long wait as Dreamcatcher cycles through pay-per-view, cable, and special edition DVD, until at last, like other inept King vehicles, it sinks into obscurity.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
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January 18, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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A mishmash of styles and genres, Dreamcatcher tries so hard to do so much that it ends up accomplishing very little.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Logic flies out the window, even given the fantastic elements, and the initially interesting characters are soon reduced to cardboard cutouts.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

Judging from this movie Stephen King has been watching a lot of X-Files lately . . .

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

This, a good movie? Oh sure! And aliens could fly out of my butt!

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

...bogs down in psychological mumbo-jumbo, redundancy, imitation, and sheer vulgarity, with a multitude of flashbacks interrupting the flow of what little narrative is left.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

An awful, ludicrous blend of sci-fi and horror, crammed full of self-indulgent Stephen King gimmicks.

September 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Kasdan's film -- like King's book -- is too long, and loses its way less than an hour in, once the stuck-in-the-woods-with-a-monster horror plot turns into something else.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

. . .one of the most singularly ambitious big-budget studio movies to crash cineplexes in several years.

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

It's thrilling to see what a talented director can do with the humorous and horrifying imagination of literary legend Stephen King.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

There must be other films that make such large dives from gripping interest to complete bollocks, but the mind boggles when attempting to remember them.

May 7, 2003

An early X-Files episode did everything 20 times better.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Audience Reviews for Dreamcatcher

Gary 'Jonesy' Jones: I'm filing that in the "Who Gives A Shit" section of my Memory Warehouse. 

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For me, Dreamcatcher is one of the worst film experiences I have ever had. This movie is disappointing and as close to unwatchable as I have seen. That quote above from one of the characters fits my final thoughts on this movie perfectly. Not only is this movie horribly acted, but it's a disgrace to Stephen King. It is the worst King adaptation I have seen. Most of the time King adaptions are at worst, watchable because of King's story. Here, Lawrance Kasdandirects a King adaption that crashes and burns and ends up being one of the more disappointing movies I have ever seen.

I don't know if a worse cast could have been chosen for this movie. Jason Lee? Are you fucking kidding me? The only place he belongs is in a Kevin Smith film and other than that, I can't stand the sight of the guy. I mean have you watched My Name is Earl? Jesus Christ! Then let's add Donnie Wahlberg, Thomas Jane and Damian Lewis to top off this shit fest. The acting, in my opinion, couldn't have gotten much worse. Even actors like Timothy Olyphant and Morgan Freeman are extremely bad.

Although it's hard to pinpoint the worst thing about this movie; I'd have to say it would be the fact that there is a lot of talent here. Kasdan is a decent director and has a film like Body Heat to his credit. The movie has one of the best actors of the past 30 years in Morgan Freeman. Yet this movie is a huge pile of shit; a complete disaster on every level.
September 9, 2011
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Sometimes it looked awesome, sometimes it looked crap. That's what it was. 50-50. You may or may not like it. I thought it was okay. I disliked when they killed two of them.
April 7, 2011
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It's easy to rip this Stephen King adaption apart for being so undecided between genres and for having fun with its cheesiness. On the other hand, the film is easily a guilty pleasure if you buy into the premise. While the movie is undecided between horror, sci-fi and mystery thriller it has the usual King trademarks of childhood friends, alien monsters with teeth and the unseen enemy. The four leading men are well picked, only Freeman feels a little off as crazy alien hunter military man. Even if silly, the film is far from boring and flows really well, making for some pretty exciting entertainment with a couple of wonderfully creepy and disgusting scenes. If you just let it.
February 21, 2011
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

I don't think I can adequately express how much I disliked this film. Also, why did the alien decide to communicate in a fake British accent?
March 27, 2010
newvogueravyn

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    1. Pete: In the movies, when people wake up together in the morning, they immediately start kissing, nuzzling and going at it, but what they never do is get up first, take a leak and brush their goddamn teeth, which I don't think I'm alone in feeling is pretty much necessary when you wake up.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Pete: Henry, if we die before you get back, promise you'll tell everybody she wasn't my date.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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