Dreamscape (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dreamscape (1984)




Critic Consensus: Dreamscape mixes several genres -- horror, sci-fi, action -- and always maintains a sense of adventure and humor.

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When a scientific dream research program solicits the help of psychic Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid), he is instructed in a method to enter the dreams of the research patients and help them to overcome their recurring nightmares. However, when one of Alex's patients is the President of the United States, he ends up becoming more involved in the man's waking life than he wants to.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Loughery, Joseph Ruben, Chuck Russell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2000
HBO Video


Dennis Quaid
as Alex Gardner
Max von Sydow
as Dr. Paul Novotny
Kate Capshaw
as Jane de Vries
Christopher Plummer
as Robert Blair
Eddie Albert
as The President
David Patrick Kelly
as Tommy Ray Glatman
George Wendt
as Charlie Prince
Larry Gelman
as Mr. Webber
Peter Jason
as Babcock
Jana Taylor
as Mrs. Webber
Madison Mason
as Fred Schoenstein
Kate Charleson
as President's Daughter
Kate Charleston
as President's Daughter
Virginia Kiser
as President's Wife
Carl Strano
as Edward Simms
Brian Libby
as McClaren
Fred Waugh (II)
as Bill Hardy
Timothy Blake
as Mrs. Blair
Carey Fox
as Tech Aide
Marii Mak
as Tech Aide
Claudia Lowe
as Tech Aide
Anna Chavez
as Newswoman
Ben Kronen
as Train Conductor
John Malone
as Trolley Conductor
Mindi Iden
as Waitress
Betty Kean
as Grandma
Trent Dolan
as Desk Guard
Andrew Boyer
as Webber's Brother
George Caldwell
as Buddy's Father
Ernest Harada
as Gardener
Alan Buchdahl
as Track Announcer
Larry Cedar
as The Snakeman
Fred M. Waugh
as Bill Hardy
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Critic Reviews for Dreamscape

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

Film [from a screen story by David Loughery] centers on 'dreamlinking', the psychic projection of one person's consciousness into a sleeping person's subconscious, or his dreams. If that sounds far-fetched, it is.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Top Critic

This is as good a piece of solid, down-the-line schlock as anything to come along since Halloween III.

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

Most movies that try to crowd so much into an hour and a half end up looking like a shopping list, but Dreamscape works, maybe because it has a sense of humor.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mostly maladroit, without the kind of high gloss or confidence that might help carry its audience along.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

I really wanted Dreamscape to work and when I was younger, it probably worked better.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014

A perfect B movie for the 1980s: light and trashy, with political overtones and a blend of science fiction and paranoia, all calculated to provide fun for an audience disinclined to take matters seriously.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Dreamscape

Classic 80s sci fi . . amazing cast when one looks at it . . Quaid, Von Sydow, Albert, Plummer, Capshaw .. Crazy how many people they got on board for this one. Was a fun movie for sure.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Tommy Ray Glatman: In this world, Alex, you're nothing. And me, I'm God. 

"Close Your Eyes and The Adventure Begins"

Dreamscape is an extremely silly movie, but it isn't without its merits. Featuring a story that is a cross of Nightmare on Elm Street and Inception, Dreamscape has some interesting ideas about nightmares and how we could build a story around them. The movie is actually a pretty fun ride, looking back. There were moments when I said to myself, "This is stupid", but in the end I liked it just enough. There's some interesting stuff that balances out all the bad things. Such as the performances from Plummer and von Sydow balancing out the performance of Quaid, who wasn't horrible, but had moments where he was.

Dreamscape follows a man named Alex, who has endless psychic ability, but gave it all up at the age of nineteen. Now he only uses his abilities to pick winning horses. He soon finds himself back in action though, when he asked to help out in a new area, called Dreamscape. He goes into the dreams of people and can do pretty much anything. Soon he finds out that someone has a more sinister use for Dreamscape then he at first thought. Now it is up to him to bring an end to it.

This is a movie that has that weird movie feel that can only come from the 80's. The effects are terrible when looked at today, and it made it kind of hard to watch, at times. Overall though, the effects were used in an almost humorous way, which actually made the movie more enjoyable. There were just a few instances where the effects seemed to overpower the interesting story that was taking place.

Dreamscape isn't a movie that is overly thrilling or engaging, it is just a decent way to spend an hour and a half. I didn't fall in love with it, but it could have been exponentially worse. As it is, I would it give a mild recommendation. I personally wouldn't run out to see it again, but there's some stuff in Dreamscape that could appeal to other people on a grander scale, than it did me. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A great adventure filled sci-fi thriller all about dreams and psychics. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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