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  • Summary: After a car accident puts him into a coma for 5 years, teacher Johnny Smith (Walken) wakes up to discover he can see people's futures after touching them.
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Arguably the best adaptation of a Stephen King novel.
  2. 88
    The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    David Cronenberg turns The Dead Zone into an accomplished psychological thriller.
  4. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    80
    It has some of that episodic ‘compressed miniseries’ feel which a lot of King pictures get stuck with (the book was later redone as a TV serial with Anthony Michael Hall) but still manages a lot of powerful material.
  5. The Dead Zone, from the book by Stephen King, a horror novelist whose prolific output is the scariest thing about him, is academic filmmaking all the way, a crafty Establishment tour de force. [21 Oct 1983]
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    It never really chills you, but then it never insults you, either, and it's more affecting than you expect any film based on a Stephen King novel to be. [22 Oct 1983]
  7. 50
    By no means a bad film, just a disappointingly bland and superficial one.

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