• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: May 23, 2006
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. 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.
  2. 60
    The result is so-so King for television: neither a thrill machine like Storm of the Century nor a botch like Kingdom Hospital.
  3. The real surprise is that, for all the times King has taken us down this creepy path, he can still evoke chills and thrills over and over again.
  4. The film goes along quite well, with the usual grabs and gotchas no less effective for being so familiar, as long as no one is talking.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    As often happens in this genre, the more you learn about the lurking evil... the less scary it gets.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The final leg proves something of a letdown.
  7. 30
    The more the script pushes its stock questions of faith, the more cerebral the movie becomes. And cerebral isn't a good thing when you're talking about horror.
  8. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    [King] expends way too much energy and dialogue on a shallow, sentimental exploration of faith.
  9. 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."
  10. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Serviceably scarifying. [26 May 2006, p.100]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Feb 22, 2013
    When Stephen King's work started being turned into movies, they were always great, but the newer stuff, has really been hit or miss. For the first hour, Desperation was great and Ron Pearlman was hilarious as the twisted sheriff, abducting people on the highway. Unfortunately, about half way through this film, the movie changes focus to young David, played by the kid from the Stacy's Mom video, Shane Haboucha. David is some kind of prophet who is more aware of things than the other. That was cool, but his constant ramblings about God, and spouting of all this religious bull got really annoying. By the time things built up to the end, I was so annoyed with this little kid and his ramblings that I just didn't care about what was going to happen. I just wanted the film to be over. Desperation is just another case of a writer and an actor taking things too far, to a point where it taints the whole movie. Full Review »