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Satan opens an antique shop in a small town and lures the residents into evil actions in this supernatural chiller. Based on a novel by the prolific Stephen King, the film bears many of the author's trademarks, such as the New England setting and the focus on regular people tempted by the forces of supernatural evil. Here, the enticements toward bad behavior comes from the "Needful Things" shop, owned by new resident Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow). Gaunt's shop offers an odd collection of goods, each of which happens to be the object of desire of a local resident. Instead of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

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"By the end of the film, I couldn't have cared less if the town's entire population had been dragged down to Lucifer's fiery abode."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Max von Sydow has some good lines, but he delivers them in an utter vacuum."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"One of Stephen King's better film adaptations"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Pop Needful Things into your player with no particular expectations and you might find it a worthwhile distraction."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"any movie that has the devil laughing to ave maria must be worth something"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"I needed to get out of this thing long before the insipid finale."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A fine adaptation of one of Stephen King's best novels, it almost manages to surpass the book solely on the strength of Von Sydow's glowering villainy."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Overlong, over-produced Stephen King byproduct. Forget it along with Firestarter, In the Mouth of Madness, Maximum Overdrive, and all the others."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Save your soul for something more important."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Appropriately enough, the film climaxes with a series of huge explosions, each bigger and louder than the one before."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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