Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 38
  2. Negative: 16 out of 38
  1. 38
    How could director Lawrence Kasdan and writer William Goldman be responsible for a film that goes so awesomely wrong?
  2. Dreamcatcher has no business being this bad.
  3. 38
    Isn't worth the time, money, or effort. For Stephen King aficionados, it's just the latest cinematic nightmare.
  4. 33
    So often out of control that it becomes absurd and exasperating.
  5. 30
    Both character and metaphor have gone to the dogs, leaving a slew of fart and burp jokes and laying bare Dreamcatcher's driving purpose, which is to make multiplexes full of little boys yuk it up, then gross them out, creep them out.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    It's a mystery how such a hodgepodge, at once incoherent and overfamiliar, could have come together on screen.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    30
    Overlong and unwieldy grab-bag of vintage monster-movie elements starts intriguingly as a snowbound deep-woods chiller, but gradually dissolves into a mess of other-worldly invasion and military counter-offensive.
  8. This horror-free horror flick sent me wandering through my own memory warehouse, where, at every turn, I bumped into images from similar -- and mostly superior -- entertainments.
  9. Could hardly be called a success -- it's rather a likable disaster.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    A moviegoer's nightmare. The story is incoherent, inane and interminable.
  11. 20
    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.
  12. 20
    If hopeless literalist Kasdan could have decided on a tone this could have been a gynophobe's "Independence Day."
  13. For most of the running time I was mainly confused, as well as mildly nauseated by the gross-out details of a tale that tends to be more slimy than scary.
  14. As five or six bad movies squished together, it almost seems like a bargain.
  15. 10
    In the end, Dreamcatcher is an abominable-worm picture. The movie is also an unholy mess, a miserably organized and redundant collection of arbitrary scares and thrills without a unifying visual or poetic idea. [31 March 2003, p. 106]
  16. 0
    So much is going on, and so many bizarre and seemingly random subplots collide in Dreamcatcher, that the film feels like some crazy patchwork quilt sewn by a schizophrenic seamstress. It’s not only confusing, but dull, as well.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 44
  2. Negative: 18 out of 44
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    5
    The idea for this science fiction horror film is remarkable. But the poor executions makes the film ends up as a ridiculous and pointless monster film. Full Review »
  2. Jul 31, 2011
    0
    I think roughly 99% of the people that watched this movie did so to catch the 10 minute Animatrix movie before hand. Dreamcatcher was terrible. Morgan Freeman's eyebrows almost poked my eyes out.

    I did learn that you develop an English accent after having your body taken over by an alien. That was interesting.
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  3. May 4, 2011
    8
    Just watched this movie in 2011, special effects not all that bad. Suspenseful and eery while maintaining a solid storyline. Haven't read the book. Entertaining movie. Full Review »