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  • Series Premiere Date: May 23, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Annabeth Gish, Tom Skerritt, Steven Weber
  • Summary: Stephen King adapted his own 1996 novel about a remote Nevada mining town under the deadly influence of a mysterious force known as Tak.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Serviceably scarifying. [26 May 2006, p.100]
  2. 75
    And if there's one thing I love in a movie, it's a sadistic sheriff. I also love wild dogs, feral cats and hungry vultures, and this movie has them all.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The final leg proves something of a letdown.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    As often happens in this genre, the more you learn about the lurking evil... the less scary it gets.
  5. 10
    "Stephen King's Desperation" is showing on ABC tonight, and Stephen King's desperation is showing, too, even more than it did in "Kingdom Hospital."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. XanderC
    Jan 4, 2009
    Well.... Cristopher M you christian kooke I would rather worship a statue of 2 dogs having sex with a seahorse than your fly-by night unrealistic lame duck god. The bible makes about as much sense as Tom Cruise, the ambiguously gay couch hoping Scientolagist freakshow. The bible lies more than your parents did everytime they told you they loved you.... You convaluted gullable delusional Jesus humper. I guess I'd see you in hell if there was one stickybuns. Expand
  2. DeseraeM
    Jul 13, 2006
    the movie was prolly low budget but it was pretty good so give them credit
  3. EnricoB
    Jun 12, 2006
    I've Read the Novel..And Couldn't wait for the Movie ..Steven King is a GOD of Horror and Suspense...This is a Battle of Good and Evil..King is a Genious..I Love It..Keep it Comin'..Rico B Queens N.Y... Expand
  4. SharonnB
    Jul 13, 2006
    the movie was good but i thought the book was better tho, still, can't expec it to be perfect !
  5. chanceZ
    Jul 13, 2006
    good enough.
  6. Cillian
    Aug 18, 2009
    I applaud the movie for remaining so faithful to the novel, which is surprisingly rare for King adaptations (Shinning, I'm looking at you). A good bit was left out (the middle of the book was cut down to maybe 10 minutes, but I imagine that this was to deal with time constraints. A lot was changed for the movie, namely Johnny's background, and his story about Vietnam was totally made up for the movie, but that was just to make it work on screen. Acting was so so, with Ron pearlman stealing it (musc to everyones shock *sarcasm*) As far as adaptations can go, it was good, just too short. Expand
    Jun 11, 2006
    Horrible, I'm glad i'm not the only one that didn't like it. I didn't like the religious aspect of the movie. Everyone acted like the little boy was a freak because he belived in GOD what was up with that plus the dialog was shallow and the story was confusinng. I hated the movie I thought the plot the actors everything was terrible Expand

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