Dreamcatcher 2003

Dreamcatcher

Critics Consensus

An incoherent and overly long creature feature.

28%

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35%

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"Dreamcatcher" tells of four young friends who perform a heroic act -- and are changed forever by the uncanny powers they gain in return. Years later the friends, now men, are on a hunting trip in the Maine woods when they are overtaken by a blizzard in which something much more ominous moves. Challenged to stop an alien force, the friends must first prevent the slaughter of innocent civilians by a military vigilante, then overcome a threat to the bond between them.

Cast & Crew

Morgan Freeman
Colonel Curtis
Thomas Jane
Dr. Henry Deviln
Jason Lee
Beaver
Tom Sizemore
Owen Underhill
Michael O'Neill
Gen. Matheson
Rosemary Dunsmore
Roberta Cavell
Stephen King
Writer (Novel)
William Goldman
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Lawrence Kasdan
Screenwriter
John Seale
Cinematographer
Jon Hutman
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Jon Hutman
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Critic Reviews for Dreamcatcher

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (131)

  • Perhaps due to the talent of everyone involved, Dreamcatcher moves with an oddly exhilarating awfulness that sets it apart from more run-of-the-mill horror films, which lack the imagination and budget to be so thoroughly misconceived.

    December 10, 2018 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • Dreamcatcher is unspeakably bad -- and shockingly so -- considering that it's an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, from the director of The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan) and the writer of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (William Goldman).

    December 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Dreamcatcher is pretty much a special-effects movie, with uneven results.

    December 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Dreamcatcher is a horror, sci-fi fantasy, buddy movie, a military thriller, a mangled crate of X-Files, and a mass of half-baked clichés.

    December 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • King is dreamily free-associating, which doesn't mean he's plumbing his unconscious in search of new nightmare archetypes; it means he's recycling bits of old horror and sci-fi flicks and even setups from his own novels.

    April 22, 2003 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Slate
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  • Part sci-fi, part horror, all drivel, this schlocky Stephen King adaptation is amusingly dreadful.

    April 15, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
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Audience Reviews for Dreamcatcher

  • Dec 28, 2011
    I just kept checking my watch for it to end, it's one of these adaptations from Stephen King's novel that ruined his reputation. It's just dragging on and on, and it never ends. it's a very confusing film to watch, I would suggest to read the novel instead
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    Gary 'Jonesy' Jones: I'm filing that in the "Who Gives A Shit" section of my Memory Warehouse.  "Evil Slips Through" For me, Dreamcatcher is one of the worst film experiences I have ever had. This movie is disappointing and as close to unwatchable as I have seen. That quote above from one of the characters fits my final thoughts on this movie perfectly. Not only is this movie horribly acted, but it's a disgrace to Stephen King. It is the worst King adaptation I have seen. Most of the time King adaptions are at worst, watchable because of King's story. Here, Lawrance Kasdandirects a King adaption that crashes and burns and ends up being one of the more disappointing movies I have ever seen. I don't know if a worse cast could have been chosen for this movie. Jason Lee? Are you fucking kidding me? The only place he belongs is in a Kevin Smith film and other than that, I can't stand the sight of the guy. I mean have you watched My Name is Earl? Jesus Christ! Then let's add Donnie Wahlberg, Thomas Jane and Damian Lewis to top off this shit fest. The acting, in my opinion, couldn't have gotten much worse. Even actors like Timothy Olyphant and Morgan Freeman are extremely bad. Although it's hard to pinpoint the worst thing about this movie; I'd have to say it would be the fact that there is a lot of talent here. Kasdan is a decent director and has a film like Body Heat to his credit. The movie has one of the best actors of the past 30 years in Morgan Freeman. Yet this movie is a huge pile of shit; a complete disaster on every level.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2010
    Too many annoyingly quirky characters, and nothing is explained whatsoever. This aside, it's still entertaining because there's nothing else quite like it. Just keep in mind it's not something you're gonna want to watch over and over again.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2010
    The Stephen King fan in me wants to love this film, but I also cannot kid myself. "Dreamcatcher", the film, is missing a main theme and, though it carries some nice horror film moments, it needed to commit to a genre. Though "Alien" was a science fiction film, it could rival any horror film around, but "Dreamcatcher" fails to grasp that horror stature. The actors are rigid and awkward in their parts, coming off more comical than believable and certain moments in the film that should have been memorable are mishandled and forgotten.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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