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Firestarter is based on a bone-chilling novel by Steven King. Drew Barrymore plays Charlie McGee the young daughter of Andrew (David Keith) and Vicky (Heather Locklear) McGee, who years earlier had been guinea pigs for a top secret experiment. As a result, Charlie has acquired the unenviable ability to start fires simply by thinking about fires. Charlie is pursued over hill and dale by The Shop, a secret government organization bent upon using her skills for nefarious purposes. The special effects are undeniably startling, even when the script and dialogue are straight out of the funny papers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Firestarter wasn't great, but everyone involved survived... as you will if you ever feel the need to give it another look."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"corny and overblown"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's not great. It mainstreams all the novel's subversiveness, but it's watchable."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
""back off" indeed"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"While no means a masterpiece, it's a Stephen King film worthy of viewing once or twice..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Stephen King didn't like it, but it really ain't that bad."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Bad movie. Bad career move. Bad in all respects."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Weak horror flick with sick overtones of pedophilia."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A scene-stealing performance by a menacing George C. Scott and a terrific musical score by Tangerine Dream elevate this entertaining companion piece to 1978's The Fury."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"More interested in special effects than in dramatic flare."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of the better King book-to-film adaptations."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"A whole lot of explosions punctuate a whole lot of blather ... and it's one of the most woefully miscast adaptations I've ever seen!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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