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Super Reviewer
June 3, 2016
An overrated Stephen King adaptation, but most certainly not a bad one. Worth watching for the self-repairing car effects alone.
May 28, 2016
Stephen King story adapted into a movie by John Carpenter in his prime.... Need I say more.
May 14, 2016
A so-so film based on a so-so book.
½ May 13, 2016
Stephen King is always good. Not as much in the movie as the book.
½ May 2, 2016
A teenager finds his one true love; a classic car that is possessed and starts to control its owner. Maybe not the best adaptation of a King novel but certainly one of the better ones.
½ April 24, 2016
It is not perfect, but some sequences can leave you breathless, thanks to Carpenter's genius. Specially, the final showdown.
½ April 22, 2016
Pas forcément effrayant, parfois un peu dépassé sans pour autant être totalement ridicule, Christine est une claire déception pour ceux qui attendait un film du niveau de The Thing de la part de John Carpenter. Cependant, le film en lui-même est assez sympathique et possède une atmosphère intéressante qui parvient à plonger le spectateur dans la banlieue américaine des 70s/80s. Le cast principal (de futurs réalisateurs) composé de Keith Gordon et John Stockwell est excellent, tandis que les seconds rôles assurent. Christine n'est probablement un film indispensable, mais c'est un moment assurément sympathique.
April 19, 2016
really cool leaves you hanging at the end
½ April 10, 2016
One of the most intriguing coming-of-age stories in cinema, and this tends to be overlooked, both as a Stephen King story and horror film, in place of the more sensationalized frolic and mayhem of works such as 'The Shining', 'Carrie', 'Misery' and 'The Shawshank Redemption', which is a crying shame, because: a) John Carpenter is probably the finest director (at least Top 3) ever involved with King adaptations; and b) it perfectly conceptualizes, like earlier short experimental films by the likes of Kenneth Anger, the downright uncomfortable sleaziness and fetishism that has existed, mainly in America, between men and their cars.

Keith Gordon does some really fine acting here (as he did previously for Brian De Palma in 'Dressed to Kill') as all possible dynamics along the range from nerd to psycho. It's impressive that, while growing up in film, he obviously learned some of the tricks of the trade from such cinematic greats (at least of American film of the past 50 years) and ended up becoming a decent film helmer himself.

9/10 for me; Grade A Carpenter. It simply isn't top-tier for me, of his oeuvre, because I know he, like Sir Alfred Hitchcock, De Palma and other greats, is capable of cinematic perfection (Halloween, The Thing, etc.).
½ April 10, 2016
One of the most intriguing coming-of-age stories in cinema, and this tends to be overlooked, both as a Stephen King story and horror film, in place of the more sensationalized frolic and mayhem of works such as 'The Shining', 'Carrie', 'Misery' and 'The Shawshank Redemption', which is a crying shame, because: a) John Carpenter is probably the finest director (at least Top 3) ever involved with King adaptations; and b) it perfectly conceptualizes, like earlier short experimental films by the likes of Kenneth Anger, the downright uncomfortable sleaziness and fetishism that has existed, mainly in America, between men and their cars.

Keith Gordon does some really fine acting here (as he did previously for Brian De Palma in 'Dressed to Kill') as all possible dynamics along the range from nerd to psycho. It's impressive that, while growing up in film, he obviously learned some of the tricks of the trade from such cinematic greats (at least of American film of the past 50 years) and ended up becoming a decent film helmer himself.

9/10 for me; Grade A Carpenter. It simply isn't top-tier for me, of his oeuvre, because I know he, like Sir Alfred Hitchcock, De Palma and other greats, is capable of cinematic perfection (Halloween, The Thing, etc.).
½ February 22, 2016
such a great but weird horror film, but its really good.
January 21, 2016
My favorite Stephen King adaptation.
½ November 18, 2015
Don't get in between a man and his car! John Carpenter's influence turns this seemingly jalopy of a storyline into a feature on Car And Driver.
½ November 1, 2015
Maybe not as scary as I remember it when it first came out but it's great to watch with a group and make comments at it - sort of your very own Mystery science theater 3000 without the robots.
½ October 31, 2015
One of Carpenter's better films. It's not perfect, but it sure is creepy, atmospheric, and a fun ride. I'd give it a 5 star review if it didn't have so much gosh darn language! Recommended.
October 28, 2015
If most people are touting you as the master of terror, taking on a Stephen King novel is one tick box you really want to be checking off your to do list. Although not the only, but probably the most notorious horror writer, cinema has treated King's work well throughout time, although King himself hates Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, but what does he know? So it really comes as no surprise then that John Carpenter would tackle his material at some point and although the final product is far from perfect, it has an abundance of character and unease to steer home a watchable and enjoyable film. Arnie isnt a popular boy at school, he lacks confidence, he is a bully victim and his only best friend is a highly successful football player, Dennis. After a rough patch, he decides to treat himself and buys an old beaten up car that no one can really understand his reasoning behind. After working wonders on the renovation and pulling some strings, Arnie has soon transformed into a completely different person, with some suspicious allegations arising about his new found love, Christine the red car. The story is wildly preposterous and its a good thing that Carpenter and co realize this before tackling it head on, Christine has a wonderful sense of black comedy about it, littered with tongue and cheek dialogue, that at first can seem slightly over the top. Although the script is far from perfect it has an enormous amount of charm and tries its best to deviate from normal teen stereotyping the best it can. The cool kid is best friends with the kid everyone hates, the school bully is a knife wielding maniac and the love interest is an intelligent girl, rather than some fake barbie doll who screams the entire way through the movie, its not wildly original but it deviates enough to feel overly familiar and watching Arnie's transformation throughout the run time is brilliant fun and actually gets psychotic the further down the rabbit hole he goes. Keith Gordon really is the star of the show here and luckily Carpenter realizes this early on and allows him to flourish, building a brilliant character arc and undergoing a monumental transformation during the films 1 hour and 45 run time. However Carpenters movie would crumble if Christine was any less than perfect, in a story about a possessed car, you really need to inject as much character as possible into a motorized object and the work he does here is truly breathtaking. Christine feels like a person, albeit a very shy person, Carpenter blurs the lines constantly between who is the driving force behind her rampage, but his wonderful moments with the car behaving on its own are superb. Christine loves to blare 50's rock and roll music to suit her situation, giving the film a huge percentage of its gut wrenching laughs, her ability as well to be utterly terrifying is also to be applauded. Carpenter treats her like another actor in his piece and luckily he spends enough time and energy on her to make her truly stand out, one scene in particular with her engulfed in flames while chasing a character down the road in cinematic bliss. And Christine is a good looking film, the effects work is all top not, everything is done in camera, Carpenter pulls out all his usual tricks, use of lighting, sound, jump scares, he really is the master of suspense and here you will find yourself constantly suckered into the story and feeling uneasy, which yet again is no easy task, given the stories subject matter. Christine is far from perfect however, some characters are hugely underused, Harry Dean Stanton for example is kind of wasted as a police detective, who just shows up in a handful of scenes, Dennis misses the entire 2nd act of the film and Buddy, the school bully, misses just about the entire film. The film jettisons through a huge period of time in minutes and it becomes noticeable how absent some of the plot points feel. Arnie's transformation is acted well but I feel we could have seen more from his family, more from the police detective, more from him being bullied, in making the choice to steam roll ahead, Carpenter touches on just another horror movie over substance slightly, which is a shame cause there are themes here that would be a nice addition, had they been fleshed out. The main issue of course is how completely preposterous the movies story really is, if you are capable of suspending disbelief then Christine is most likely going to grip you from start to finish, however people who prefer their entertainment more grounded in serious realism, will no doubt have huge difficulty enjoying this imaginative outing. It's by no means perfect, however with so much character and charisma, Christine is a hugely entertaining watch.
½ October 25, 2015
Nunca creí que un automóvil asesino pudiera ser tan divertido, la simple idea me parecía absurda.
Me retracto por completo
Super Reviewer
½ October 24, 2015
John Carpenter's compelling horror film about an evil murderous car which is based upon the best selling novel by horror genre master Stephen King. Keith Gordon excels as the shy, nerdish teenage named Arnie Cunningham, who buys a used red 1958 Plymouth Fury; which is a malevolent car with a long history of death behind it. The car which is named Christine will slowly transform Arnie personality completely because of its evil domination of him, it will turn him into a tough, no-nonsense rough-neck with a cocky arrogance that seeks deadly revenge on all the bullies that have tormented him for years, and one by one the bullies will meet gruesome deaths from the merciless Christine. Fine direction by John Carpenter, with superb supporting performances by John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, the late Robert Blossom, Harry Dean Stanton, and the late Robert Prosky. A slick creepy and highly watchable revenge horror film. Highly Recommended.
October 17, 2015
Fantastic flick, but the ending was a little subpar to me.
October 13, 2015
Just brilliant, brilliant
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