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Dreamcatcher Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
Kasdan's film -- like King's book -- is too long, and loses its way less than an hour in, once the stuck-in-the-woods-with-a-monster horror plot turns into something else.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2003
Dreamcatcher begins as the intriguing story of friends who share a telepathic gift, and ends as a monster movie of stunning awfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
March 21, 2003
Dreamcatcher isn't worth the time, money, or effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 19, 2003
Somewhere between King's novel, the screenplay by William Goldman ... and Kasdan's shooting script, both character and metaphor have gone to the dogs, leaving a slew of fart and burp jokes.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 20, 2003
File Dreamcatcher with Apt Pupil and Thinner in the mediocre Stephen King adaptation drawer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
March 23, 2003
If you happen to wake up and see anything onscreen that's NOT taking place inside a log cabin - feel free to fall back asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 17, 2003
Simply all over the place, at once a movie about a plague, an alien invasion, a perfect storm, a terrible worm, a body snatcher, a mad colonel and an idiot savant.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 31, 2003
... not since Death to Smoochy have so many talented people made such a mess of things.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 21, 2003
Like the Indian good luck charm that gives it its name, Dreamcatcher is full of holes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2003
As in King's derivative novel, the story is overstuffed with too many unnecessary (if occasionally cool) elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 23, 2003
High production values can't hide the fact this is very much B-movie sci-fi schlock, but if that's the case -- where's the fun?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victoria Alexander
March 18, 2003
...disjointed, silly, and sloppy.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 24, 2003
So skillful is Kasdan's direction and so well does he guide us along that it's not until the final third that we realize how far we've veered off course.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 24, 2003
Grimly directed by Kasdan, with a stylish gleam to the cinematography, the film is glossy high-camp nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 20, 2003
Though the tale, adapted from Stephen King's best-selling novel, starts out with an eerie sense of foreboding, Dreamcatcher fails to deliver thrills and chills.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 24, 2003
The 136-minute Dreamcatcher suffers from more than a few missed chances and wasted time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
There's a great cast, and a great director, but ultimately the finishing product fails to live up to any potential.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 20, 2003
The worst big-budget science fiction disaster since Battlefield Earth. And at least you could laugh at Battlefield Earth.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 21, 2003
Getting right to the crux of the matter: You can't keep a straight face and be frightened by an alien that crawls out of a human being's anus.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 28, 2003
A movie nobody will mistake as one of King's better adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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