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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 33
  2. Negative: 22 out of 33
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  1. In Costner's best moments, he makes us absolutely believe this character and feel his pain.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    At least Dragonfly isn't contemptible or altogether dismissible. But it doesn't use Costner well, and it even more unforgivably wastes Kathy Bates.
  3. Costner is convincing as the hero, ably supported by Joe Morton as a short-tempered supervisor and Kathy Bates as a feisty neighbor. Dragonfly has little chance of "Ghost"-like popularity, though.
  4. Eventually, though, the movie turns into a "Touched By An Angel" knockoff that dares us not to reach for a hankie while we succumb to its comforting message.
  5. When Kevin Costner goes into sensitive-guy mode, beware.
  6. A sappy, often absurd disappointment, another would-be inspirational romance that, like Costner's overwrought "Message in a Bottle," is impossible to swallow.
  7. Meandering and inert. Yet as an etching of an emotion and a vehicle for Costner, the movie makes a case for itself.
  8. 42
    A nitwit script, full of pedestrian dialogue and building to a laughable climax, dooms the picture.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Though the film springs an okay twist at the very end, there's a good chance you won't be awake to see it.
  10. Reviewed by: Curt Fields
    40
    Comes across more like an above-average TV movie you might see on the Lifetime channel.
  11. Joe Morton, Linda Hunt and Kathy Bates show up in supporting roles, only to have Costner's flagging energy drag them down, too.
  12. Painstakingly painful.
  13. Dragonfly has more plot than a figure-skating competition, and just about as much credibility.
  14. Hollywood movies are rarely as contemptuous of the audience as Dragonfly, with its half-witted, treacly New Age sappiness and its mechanical borrowings from other, better supernatural thrillers.
  15. 38
    This is a tedious and insulting motion picture. The only ones likely to be surprised by the payoff are those who understandably dozed off fifteen minutes into the proceedings.
  16. Very little here begs to be paid attention to.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    30
    Costner's earnest performance is a major plus for Dragonfly, keeping the picture grounded in some semblance of reality even as it becomes progressively more fantastical.
  18. Costner has never been further from the lively, engaging actor he can be, or at least once was.
  19. 30
    Despite the film's aspirations to soul healing, its uplift remains mechanical, like an escalator's.
  20. 30
    Dragonfly wants desperately to be the spiritual heir to "The Sixth Sense," but it's not even as effective a thriller.
  21. Preposterous-for-no-good-reason supernatural tale.
  22. A syrup-thick New Age ghost story of the same sappy stripe and mawkishness as another Costner foray, "Message in a Bottle."
  23. 25
    No atmosphere, no tension -- nothing but Costner, flailing away. It's a buggy drag.
  24. A stinker of epic proportions.
  25. 20
    Awash in cheap shocks and corny sentiment, Dragonfly aspires to be an inspirational thriller about one man's spiritual journey, but it takes little time for him to reach his destination. All that's left for him and the audience to do is solve a riddle unfit for the back of a cereal box.
  26. The climax comes at you like a thrown cream pie, but given its faux-mythic nerve, it's tolerable. Too bad this latest station in Costner's ongoing self-crucifixion is such small potatoes until then.
  27. Hatched by screenwriters watching "The Sixth Sense" on methamphetamines
  28. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Linda Hunt's spooky nun speaks of "a hundred levels of consciousness" between death and full, earthbound awareness: Where on that continuum do the executives who green-lighted Dragonfly reside?
  29. 20
    It's performances like these that make it so easy to forget that, when he wants to, Costner can indeed act and be an appealing star.
  30. Costner has an uncanny aptitude for gravitating toward the dopiest projects in sight, but this time he's outdone himself.
  31. As the movie dragged on, I thought I heard a mysterious voice, and felt myself powerfully drawn toward the light -- the light of the exit sign. I have returned from the beyond to warn you: this movie is 90 minutes long, and life is too short.
  32. Appalling, shamelessly manipulative and contrived, and totally lacking in conviction.

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