Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 38
  2. Negative: 16 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. 38
    Isn't worth the time, money, or effort. For Stephen King aficionados, it's just the latest cinematic nightmare.
  2. 38
    How could director Lawrence Kasdan and writer William Goldman be responsible for a film that goes so awesomely wrong?
  3. Dreamcatcher has no business being this bad.
  4. 33
    So often out of control that it becomes absurd and exasperating.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    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.
  6. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's a mystery how such a hodgepodge, at once incoherent and overfamiliar, could have come together on screen.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A moviegoer's nightmare. The story is incoherent, inane and interminable.
  10. Could hardly be called a success -- it's rather a likable disaster.
  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. 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.
  13. 20
    If hopeless literalist Kasdan could have decided on a tone this could have been a gynophobe's "Independence Day."
  14. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    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]
  15. As five or six bad movies squished together, it almost seems like a bargain.
  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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 46
  2. Negative: 18 out of 46
  1. JacobB.
    Sep 3, 2007
    How did my favorite Steven King book turn into this crap, the ending was a slap in the face?
  2. JeremyB
    Apr 16, 2008
    Quite possibly the worst movie ever made!
  3. JustinS.
    Jun 28, 2006
    By far and away the worst experience of my life. 134 minutes just completely drained down the toilet, which according to this movie contains By far and away the worst experience of my life. 134 minutes just completely drained down the toilet, which according to this movie contains aliens that come and enter my ass. I have never been more irritated and unsatisfied as I was at the end of this movie. I went in thinking a movie starring Jason Lee, Morgan Freeman and Tom Sizemore based on a Stephen King would be a can't miss. WRONG. In fact I have never been more wrong; the down syndrome/ alien Donnie Wahlberg angle was the most misconceived subplot I have ever seen in a movie and I saw Gigli and Longshot. I threw my remote at the TV after this and it literally ruined my whole day. If you are really considering seeing this movie call me first I will personally shove a snake up your rearend and kick you in the family jewels while I tell you your were supposed to be an abortion and your parents feel they made the wrong decision. I am putting everyone that had anything to do with this movie on a temporary timeout. Full Review »