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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dreamcatcher begins as the intriguing story of friends who share a telepathic gift, and ends as a monster movie of stunning awfulness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Dreamcatcher isn't worth the time, money, or effort.
Somewhere between King's novel, the screenplay by William Goldman ... and Kasdan's shooting script, both character and metaphor have gone to the dogs, leaving a slew of fart and burp jokes.
File Dreamcatcher with Apt Pupil and Thinner in the mediocre Stephen King adaptation drawer.
| Original Score: 2/4
If you happen to wake up and see anything onscreen that's NOT taking place inside a log cabin - feel free to fall back asleep.
| Original Score: 2/5
Simply all over the place, at once a movie about a plague, an alien invasion, a perfect storm, a terrible worm, a body snatcher, a mad colonel and an idiot savant.
... not since Death to Smoochy have so many talented people made such a mess of things.
Like the Indian good luck charm that gives it its name, Dreamcatcher is full of holes.
As in King's derivative novel, the story is overstuffed with too many unnecessary (if occasionally cool) elements.
High production values can't hide the fact this is very much B-movie sci-fi schlock, but if that's the case -- where's the fun?
...disjointed, silly, and sloppy.
So skillful is Kasdan's direction and so well does he guide us along that it's not until the final third that we realize how far we've veered off course.
| Original Score: C
Grimly directed by Kasdan, with a stylish gleam to the cinematography, the film is glossy high-camp nonsense.
Though the tale, adapted from Stephen King's best-selling novel, starts out with an eerie sense of foreboding, Dreamcatcher fails to deliver thrills and chills.
The 136-minute Dreamcatcher suffers from more than a few missed chances and wasted time.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's a great cast, and a great director, but ultimately the finishing product fails to live up to any potential.
The worst big-budget science fiction disaster since Battlefield Earth. And at least you could laugh at Battlefield Earth.
| Original Score: 1/4
Getting right to the crux of the matter: You can't keep a straight face and be frightened by an alien that crawls out of a human being's anus.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A movie nobody will mistake as one of King's better adaptations.
| Original Score: C-