Dreamcatcher

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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 byDreamcatcher, 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

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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. Most novels can't be encapsulated well enough in a conventional two-hour movie format, and Dreamcatcher may be one of them -- a miniseries gone wrong.
  3. Simultaneously jokey and scary, sentimental and ruthless, tediously everyday and grotesquely out of the ordinary.
  4. 40
    A pretty good example of how the studios have taken over the junk that used to be left to the exploitation hacks. The hacks here have millions to work with and the end result isn't nearly as much fun as a cheap, gross horror movie can be.
  5. 38
    How could director Lawrence Kasdan and writer William Goldman be responsible for a film that goes so awesomely wrong?
  6. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    30
    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. 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: 16 out of 47
  2. Negative: 18 out of 47
  1. Jan 19, 2016
    10
    I've seen alot of movies of practically every category and to this day this still one of my favorites, I'll admit that I've never read theI've seen alot of movies of practically every category and to this day this still one of my favorites, I'll admit that I've never read the book but from what I've seen NO movie/tv is ever as good as the book, anyways, I thought this movie had a really cool unique story. In a world of predictable movies and remakes i think this one is definitely worth watching, its also full of good actors Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2014
    9
    This movie and the story isn't that bad at all and seriously under evaluated. Not a masterpiece but really worth it if you like alien fiction.This movie and the story isn't that bad at all and seriously under evaluated. Not a masterpiece but really worth it if you like alien fiction.
    I wonder what people have in mind giving 10 to idea-free crap like The Gravity and 1 to Dreamcatcher. Well, that's how it is.
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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 theJust 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
  4. Feb 11, 2011
    1
    Recommended only to those few sadistic people who enjoy watching aliens pop out of butt-holes and bite off human genitalia, complemented byRecommended only to those few sadistic people who enjoy watching aliens pop out of butt-holes and bite off human genitalia, complemented by poorly animated martians with british accents. Artistically bankrupt. Pathetic acting. Avoid at all costs. Expand
  5. JimmyA.
    Apr 20, 2003
    0
    The trailers for "Dreamcatcher" want you to believe that it's a psychological thriller combined with science fiction aliens. The movie 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. JustinS.
    Jun 28, 2006
    0
    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. Expand
  7. JacobB.
    Sep 3, 2007
    0
    How did my favorite Steven King book turn into this crap, the ending was a slap in the face?

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