Dreamcatcher Reviews


Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004

David Edelstein
Slate
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April 22, 2003

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.

Rex Reed
New York Observer
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April 4, 2003

Stupid, sophomoric and moronically silly, it leaves you with the feeling that you might welcome shock treatment just to get your brain back.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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March 31, 2003

... not since Death to Smoochy have so many talented people made such a mess of things.

Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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March 25, 2003

If hopeless literalist Kasdan could have decided on a tone ... this could have been a gynophobe's Independence Day.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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March 23, 2003

A bumpy thrill ride.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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March 21, 2003

Easily one of the most absurdly over-plotted and incoherently condensed horror movies of recent times.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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March 21, 2003

A head-scratchingly silly B-movie, blending boyish sentiment and cheesy creature effects, that even Morgan Freeman can't save.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 21, 2003

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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March 21, 2003

A bloated mess that makes mush out of King's novel.

| Original Score: C
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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March 21, 2003

Dreamcatcher is a spectacular mistake, a five-star screw-up that -- notwithstanding sheer grossness, plot meanderings, inconsistency and illogic -- has given me more fun than almost any other movie this year.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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March 21, 2003

It's the craziest thing you ever saw.

Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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March 21, 2003

While the movie is fairly unpleasant it's also, finally, so ludicrous that you begin to wonder if it isn't all a big put-on.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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March 21, 2003

A likable disaster.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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March 21, 2003

King deserves better.

| Original Score: 2/4
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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March 21, 2003

Flamboyant and, at times, extremely repulsive.

| Original Score: 2/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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March 21, 2003

One of the more consistently entertaining Stephen King adaptations.

| Original Score: 3/4
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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March 21, 2003

If Dreamcatcher ultimately feels like an unwieldy pastiche, at least it's never boring.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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March 21, 2003

Dreamcatcher isn't worth the time, money, or effort.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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March 21, 2003

Even those who have read King's hybrid of horror and sci-fi may be left in the lurch. The story flowed on the book's 620 pages. It drunkenly stumbles on the screen.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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March 21, 2003

Like nightmares, horror movies pull us down with them. And so the film keeps us in thrall for every one of its 134 minutes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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March 21, 2003

Dreamcatcher is a serviceable action-horror-sci-fi flick much of the time, but it has a bit too much going on for any of it to have real impact.

| Original Score: C
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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March 21, 2003

Burdened not only by its bathroom blowouts but by its big-budget pretensions.

| Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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March 21, 2003

Dreamcatcher begins as the intriguing story of friends who share a telepathic gift, and ends as a monster movie of stunning awfulness.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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March 21, 2003

All that keeps it from trash greatness is handful of miscast players and a habit of stuffing five plot points into a space normally reserved for one.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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March 21, 2003

Not so much a coherent horror story as an anthology of Stephen King's greatest hits.

A.O. Scott
New York Times
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March 20, 2003

Everything here is so clumsily handled that the creepy sensation of dread that infuses the early moments is quickly washed away on a tide of space slime and wearying exposition.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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March 20, 2003

No matter how often parts of Dreamcatcher make you wince or turn your stomach or both, you are not about to leave without finding out what happens next.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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March 20, 2003

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.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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March 20, 2003

This is the kind of horror flick you'd expect from someone who doesn't respect or understand genre conventions, someone who thinks that he can reclaim an audience's lagging attention with bigger and badder shock effects.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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March 20, 2003

The elements don't hang together, but Kasdan delivers real scares, and real hoots, in the midst of the mayhem and madness.

| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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March 20, 2003

The film falls apart under the strain of too many plots, too many characters and too many eels.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
John Anderson
Newsday
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March 20, 2003

A movie can survive bad acting with a good script or bad writing with stellar acting. Dreamcatcher has neither advantage.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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March 20, 2003

It's the kind of story that probably would have worked better as a four-hour miniseries.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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March 20, 2003

The picture, which can be stereotypical and incoherent, is saved by Kasdan's talent (and the good ensemble cast).

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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March 19, 2003

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.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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March 19, 2003

Kasdan can create scenes of banter and menace, of everyday Maine community and gut-gushing F/X, but he can't wrestle this production into a coherent movie experience.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Rooney
Variety
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March 17, 2003

This overlong and unwieldy grab-bag of vintage monster-movie elements starts intriguingly as a snowbound deep-woods chiller, but gradually dissolves into a mess of other-worldly invasion and military counter-offensive.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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March 17, 2003

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.