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Dreamcatcher (2003)



Critic Consensus: An incoherent and overly long creature feature.

Movie Info

Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver. Twenty years ago they were just kids in a small town in Maine - kids who found the courage to respond heroically to childhood cruelty. In saving a strange boy named Duddits, they unexpectedly gained a fifth friend at the center of their circle. Even more unexpected were the uncanny powers he conveyed to them, bonding them all beyond ordinary friendship. Now the four are men with separate lives and separate problems, haunted by the memory of heroism, with powers that are more of a burden than a gift. When a shocking accident almost claims one of them, they don't at first recognize the return of the eeriness that is somehow linked to Duddits. But when they reunite for their annual visit to a hunting cabin in the north woods, anticipating only the warmth and humor that nourishes them, they are overtaken by a gathering doom. First comes a stranger, a lost hunter unaware of the terrible contagion he bears. On his heels is a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves--a deadly alien force that will consume some of the foursome and force those who make it to the end of the road to once again summon their forgotten strength--and confront an unparalleled horror.more
Rating: R (for violence, gore and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: William Goldman, Lawrence Kasdan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Box Office: $33.6M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Jason Lee
as Beaver
Morgan Freeman
as Col. Abraham Curtis
Mikey Holekamp
as Young Henry
Mike Holekamp
as Young Henry Devlin
Andrew Robb
as Young Duddits
Giacomo Baessato
as Young Jonesy
Joel Palmer
as Young Pete
Eric Keenleyside
as Rick McCarthy
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Roberta Cavell
Michael O'Neill
as Gen. Matheson
Campbell Lane
as Old Man Gosselin
C. Ernst Harth
as Barry Newman
Ingrid Kavelaars
as Trish Oservich
Chera Bailey
as Rachel Mendol
Alex Campbell
as Richie Grenadeau
T.J. Riley
as Scottie
Susan Charest
as Becky Shue
Ty Olsson
as Sergeant Andy Janas
Kevan Ohtsji
as Technician
Marcy Goldberg
as EMT No. 1
Dion Johnstone
as EMT No. 2
Shauna Kain
as Josie Rinkenhauer
Malik McCall
as Platoon Leader
Jordan Walker
as Helicopter Sentry
Jon Kasdan
as Defuniak
Michael Richard Dobs...
as Stranger on Curb
John Moore
as Bad Driver
Michael Dobson
as Stranger on Curb
Carolyn Tweedle
as Woman in Crowd
Christopher Ang
as Apache Crewman No. 1
Chris Duggan
as Apache Crewman No. 2
Daniel Merali
as Apache Crewman No. 3
Matt Riley
as Apache Crewman No. 4
John Armstrong
as Detainee No. 1
Jack Crowston
as Detainee No. 2
Trenna Frandsen
as Detainee No. 3
John Gagne
as Detainee No. 4
Sue Hartley
as Detainee No. 5
John Hombach
as Detainee No. 6
Kat Kosiancic
as Detainee No. 7
Shauna Kain
as Josie Rinkenhauer
Michael Dobson
as Stranger on Curb
John Armstrong
as Detainee No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Dreamcatcher

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (40)

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.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
Georgia Straight

This Stephen King is way too scary for kids.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Those looking for a stomach-turning alien film may be pleased, but those looking for a smarter psychological thriller will be sorely disappointed.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005

Audience Reviews for Dreamcatcher

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

"Evil Slips Through"

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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