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Needful Things (1993)

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Satan opens an antique shop in a small town and lures the residents into evil actions in this supernatural chiller. Based on a novel by the prolific Stephen King, the film bears many of the author's trademarks, such as the New England setting and the focus on regular people tempted by the forces of supernatural evil. Here, the enticements toward bad behavior comes from the "Needful Things" shop, owned by new resident Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow). Gaunt's shop offers an odd collection of goods,

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Dec 22, 1998

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (17) | DVD (2)

By the end of the film, I couldn't have cared less if the town's entire population had been dragged down to Lucifer's fiery abode.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

any movie that has the devil laughing to ave maria must be worth something

June 11, 2007

Overlong, over-produced Stephen King byproduct. Forget it along with Firestarter, In the Mouth of Madness, Maximum Overdrive, and all the others.

March 9, 2004 | Comment (1)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Max von Sydow has some good lines, but he delivers them in an utter vacuum.

May 18, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

I needed to get out of this thing long before the insipid finale.

April 1, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Save your soul for something more important.

February 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

One of Stephen King's better film adaptations

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

A fine adaptation of one of Stephen King's best novels, it almost manages to surpass the book solely on the strength of Von Sydow's glowering villainy.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Appropriately enough, the film climaxes with a series of huge explosions, each bigger and louder than the one before.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Pop Needful Things into your player with no particular expectations and you might find it a worthwhile distraction.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Needful Things

Could you imagine having a store where you can get just what you really need? But then it turns out to be evil? Awesome, right? Watch this movie, based on a King novel, it's really cool, and I highly recommend it.
May 23, 2011
ajv2688

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Ed Harris did a good job. ... ...
January 29, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

Disappointed to say the least. I've not read the book but I'm a big fan of Stephen King and so many of his stories have gone on to be great films....despite what a lot seem to think? This is very average though and pretty straight forward. A good cast line up with a lot of well known faces, now if not back in '93. Apparently a lot has been left out from the book as well. One for die hard fans maybe.
October 25, 2010
Deano78

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It was fun. One of the better Stephen King books made in to film i would think
August 18, 2010
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