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The Dead Zone Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
October 11, 2003
A dud.
| Original Score: 2/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 21, 2004
The Dead Zone is not a story that is particularly suited to Cronenberg's fascination with, and adeptness at portraying, body horror...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
By no means a bad film, just a disappointingly bland and superficial one.
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.
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
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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
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
Michael Szymanski
August 30, 2002
Brilliantly creepy Walken
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
November 15, 2006
A thing of dark, twisted, ironic beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
One of
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
May 12, 2005
Walken revels in the lead....intriguing
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
October 21, 2013
The Dead Zone ultimately ranks as one of the best King adaptations to date.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
November 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
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Variety Staff
October 7, 2008
An accomplished psychological thriller.
Christopher Null
February 27, 2001
David Cronenberg's direction -- his first mainstream job, after Videodrome -- is apt and creepy, though the story never really goes as far as it could have. Still, it's a creepy little mystery, especially for a King flick.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 29, 2003
An unusually thoughtful and engrossing horror flick with a terrific performance by Walken.
| Original Score: 4/5
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