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Director John Carpenter returns to the suburban landscape he explored so chillingly in Halloween (1978) with this lean, stripped-down adaptation of the Stephen King best-seller about a haunted car with a devilishly bad attitude and the teen underdog who falls head-over-heels for her chrome-accented charms. Shortly after geeky, horn-rim-sporting Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) narrowly escapes a beating at the hands of shop-class bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) on the first day of his senior year, he soon falls prey to a far more duplicitous villain in the form of a rusted-out 1958… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is the kind of movie where you walk out with a silly grin, get in your car, and lay rubber halfway down the Eisenhower."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Proves Carpenter's mastery of both mood and the widescreen frame."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Tight editing and some decent scares make this one of the better King adaptations."
‑ , Film4
"Christine doesn't distinguish itself alongside director John Carpenter's high points."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Carpenter's thematic self-consciousness can't entirely overcome a shaky dramatic structure that sacrifices character logic to increasingly meaningless thrills."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Only a moderately engrossing film."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Slickly made dumb horror flick about a diabolical car and a nerd transformed into a lady killer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Boils down to another average adaptation of one of the increasingly weak Stephen King novels that hit Hollywood like a bad rash in 1983."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Amusingly silly horror flick with better than average production values"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Off the page, a 1958 Plymouth is no more scary than the St Bernard which romped through Cujo."
‑ , Time Out
"Christine shows us what great filmmakers can do with flawed material, and how even their greatness can't solve every problem."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"Fifties fetishism here is not nostalgia but critique, the cultural residue that deforms consciousness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Tense and faithful adaptation of the Stephen King classic."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It manages to entertain."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
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