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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Arguably the best adaptation of a Stephen King novel. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    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] show more

  • 63
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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] show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    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. show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    A well-acted drama more eerie than terrifying, more rooted in the occult than in sheer horror. show more

  • 80

    David Cronenberg turns The Dead Zone into an accomplished psychological thriller. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    By no means a bad film, just a disappointingly bland and superficial one. show more

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