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The Dead Zone Reviews

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine
April 27, 2016
Before Christopher Walken was a punchline, he was an get a great sense of how startling Walken can be as a star, of how unusual and unexpected his every choice is, from his turn in this early-career King adaptation
Rob Vaux
October 21, 2013
The Dead Zone ultimately ranks as one of the best King adaptations to date.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
[An] engrossing yet strangely unembellished adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller by director David Cronenberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 16, 2013
Director David Cronenberg's sense of pace is acute, the editing by Ronald Sanders is seamless and suspenseful. And, if nothing else, the movie establishes that chills can be generated without explicit gore and violence.

Total Film
October 19, 2010
It's both moving and quietly unsettling as it builds towards a forceful climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
October 7, 2008
An accomplished psychological thriller.

TV Guide
September 25, 2007
Arguably the best adaptation of a Stephen King novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 25, 2007
Cronenberg attempting a little mainstream with this Stephen King yarn and really pulling it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

September 25, 2007
This is a welcome straightforward adaptation/improvement of King's original, minus Cronenberg's visceral flourishes.
Scott Weinberg
November 15, 2006
A thing of dark, twisted, ironic beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 23, 2006
Don't let the fact that visible breath and frosty misery take priority over exploding heads and fetus-licking snow you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 28, 2006
Cronenberg tells the story with measured strokes and a sure emotional touch as well as nifty blasts of horror.
Top Critic
Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Cronenberg pulls it off, but you can't help feeling it's a movie in search of a TV series.
Cole Smithey
November 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
October 9, 2005
A gripping thriller done with intelligence. One of the better film adaptations of Stephen King's work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
July 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
May 12, 2005
Walken revels in the lead....intriguing
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 22, 2004
The classic Walken role, by which all subsequent ones are measured. Possibly the best Stephen King adaptation too.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 3, 2003
Spurred on by Christopher Walken's sincerely moving and warm portrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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