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An incoherent and overly long creature feature.



Total Count: 181


Audience Score

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Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver. Twenty years ago they were just kids in a small town in Maine - kids who found the courage to respond heroically to childhood cruelty. In saving a strange boy named Duddits, they unexpectedly gained a fifth friend at the center of their circle. Even more unexpected were the uncanny powers he conveyed to them, bonding them all beyond ordinary friendship. Now the four are men with separate lives and separate problems, haunted by the memory of heroism, with powers that are more of a burden than a gift. When a shocking accident almost claims one of them, they don't at first recognize the return of the eeriness that is somehow linked to Duddits. But when they reunite for their annual visit to a hunting cabin in the north woods, anticipating only the warmth and humor that nourishes them, they are overtaken by a gathering doom. First comes a stranger, a lost hunter unaware of the terrible contagion he bears. On his heels is a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves--a deadly alien force that will consume some of the foursome and force those who make it to the end of the road to once again summon their forgotten strength--and confront an unparalleled horror.


Jason Lee
as Beaver
Morgan Freeman
as Col. Abraham Curtis
Mikey Holekamp
as Young Henry
Mike Holekamp
as Young Henry Devlin
Andrew Robb
as Young Duddits
Giacomo Baessato
as Young Jonesy
Joel Palmer
as Young Pete
Eric Keenleyside
as Rick McCarthy
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Roberta Cavell
Michael O'Neill
as Gen. Matheson
Campbell Lane
as Old Man Gosselin
C. Ernst Harth
as Barry Newman
Ingrid Kavelaars
as Trish Oservich
Chera Bailey
as Rachel Mendol
Alex Campbell
as Richie Grenadeau
T.J. Riley
as Scottie
Susan Charest
as Becky Shue
Ty Olsson
as Sergeant Andy Janas
Kevan Ohtsji
as Technician
Marcy Goldberg
as EMT No. 1
Dion Johnstone
as EMT No. 2
Shauna Kain
as Josie Rinkenhauer
Malik McCall
as Platoon Leader
Jordan Walker
as Helicopter Sentry
Jon Kasdan
as Defuniak
Michael Dobson
as Stranger on Curb
Carolyn Tweedle
as Woman in Crowd
Christopher Ang
as Apache Crewman No. 1
Chris Duggan
as Apache Crewman No. 2
Daniel Merali
as Apache Crewman No. 3
Matt Riley
as Apache Crewman No. 4
John Armstrong
as Detainee No. 1
Jack Crowston
as Detainee No. 2
Trenna Frandsen
as Detainee No. 3
John Gagne
as Detainee No. 4
Sue Hartley
as Detainee No. 5
John Hombach
as Detainee No. 6
Kat Kosiancic
as Detainee No. 7
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Critic Reviews for Dreamcatcher

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (129)

  • 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.

    Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • 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).

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

    Dec 6, 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.

    Dec 6, 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.

    Apr 22, 2003 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

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

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

    Nev Pierce

    Top Critic

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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