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  • Summary: Dreamcatcher, the film based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, tells of four young friends who perform a heroic act -- and are changed forever by the uncanny powers they gain in return. Years later the friends, now men, are on a hunting trip in the Maine woods when they are overtaken by a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves… (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 38
  2. Negative: 16 out of 38
  1. I think you can say that almost everyone watching this will be spellbound, whether they're stupefied by its insanity, more conventionally compelled by the various horrors in store or a combination of both.
  2. 63
    If Dreamcatcher ultimately feels like an unwieldy pastiche, at least it's never boring.
  3. Mildly entertaining for a while; think "Stand by Me" meets "Alien," with a soupçon of "Starship Troopers" tossed in.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Much of Dreamcatcher just doesn’t make sense.
  5. Dreamcatcher has no business being this bad.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's a mystery how such a hodgepodge, at once incoherent and overfamiliar, could have come together on screen.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 45
  2. Negative: 18 out of 45
  1. Feb 7, 2011
    As can be said about many movies, this one is not for everyone. Some films have a broad appeal, this one does not. I love it. As with all Steven King novels/adaptations, it shows what people are capable of (good and bad) by putting them in extreme (read unbelievable) situations. The people in this movie are flawed but noble and offer a good window to the soul. Suspend reality, and commit yourself to the people more than the plot and you can enjoy it as well. Expand
  2. May 4, 2011
    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. Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2014
    This movie was actually pretty good and certain parts of it were really good. The aliens were creepy and scary and the characters were entertaining. I've been meaning to watch it ever since it came out. I actually tried to watch it in theatres but was turned away for being under 14 years old. Finally watched it today, and I'm glad that I did. Expand
  4. fg
    Feb 2, 2010
    This film works FAR better as a book. They should have never adapted it for the screen. Many of the inner voice dialouges that worked so well in the novel just don't work in a movie like they were meant to be, and the movie often feels like a bad joke. Along with horrible acting, storytelling and plot development, Dreamcatcher is also horrible at entertaining the viewer. The CGI was overbearingly fake looking and the awful performances from the usually decent actors did nothing to rectify it. Two thumbs WAAAAYYYY down! The only reason i gave it a 1 is because my sister and I got SUCH a laugh out of this bad film that it was at least worth viewing once. Expand
  5. JimmyA.
    Apr 20, 2003
    The trailers for "Dreamcatcher" want you to believe that it's a psychological thriller combined with science fiction aliens. The movie is, sadly, not the case. "Dreamcatcher" is not a "Signs". It is a spectacle of vomiting proprotions...[Potential spoiler deleted]. Not only that, it is a poor adaptation full of cliches and pathetic acting. The military aspect of the movie was emphasised on too much and I found the storyline about the Down-syndrome kid a bit disturbing. Expand
  6. JeremyB
    Apr 16, 2008
    Quite possibly the worst movie ever made!
  7. JacobB.
    Sep 3, 2007
    How did my favorite Steven King book turn into this crap, the ending was a slap in the face?

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