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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

This Stephen King is way too scary for kids.

Movie R 2003 136 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Worst movie I've EVER seen!!!

It was just terrible!!! It seemed to have no idea itself what genre it was supposed to be!!! I don't even know how I endured it for as long as I did (And not till the end!!), and certainly shan't ever do so again!!!
age 13+


An awesome horror film. Very gorey and nasty, but will deliver the scares to just about anyone.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

The film is a mishmash, but there's something in it to scare the bejeebers out of just about everyone. Be ready for yuckiness, gore, creepiness, intense peril, and good, old-fashioned jump-out-at-you surprises. Dreamcatcher isn't Stephen King's best book, and it's far from the best screenplay produced by either Lawrence Kasden or William Goldman. But the four main actors are all exceptionally appealing in this story, and the art direction and cinematography are top-notch. The film's weakest aspect is Kurtz's secret operation. Even the masterful Freeman can't quite make that character work, and the attempt to create a parallel between the peril created by the outside force and the peril from within does not work, either.

While parts of the plot are lackluster, as I watched this movie the audience reaction sounded like they were on a roller-coaster ride, a good sign in a scary movie. It's not a classic like Carrie or The Shining, but it is a nicely done scarefest, and achieves its modest ambitions.

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