Riding the Bullet
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A young man who has flirted with death is forced to come to terms with mortality in this tale of terror based on a story by Stephen King. Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is a college student studying art at the University of Maine in 1969. Cursed with an over-active imagination, Alan constantly obsesses over the worst outcome of any situation, and when he begins to suspect his girlfriend, Jessica (Erika Christensen), is thinking of leaving him, it drives him to the brink of suicide. Shortly after this brush with death, Alan receives word that his mother, Jean (Barbara Hershey), has suffered a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A ponderous, incoherent horror mishmash that turns King's short story into utter nonsense."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"A better name for the film would be Taking the Bullet, because that's what sitting through this dopey, pretentious mess feels like."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"...wholly ineffective..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An incoherent melange of horror movie gimmicks that's genuinely laughable when it strives for profundity. It induces more tedium than terror."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Goes beyond simply being a bad movie, to the point where it becomes one that insults your intelligence."
‑ Larry Carroll, IGN Movies
"The movie is so glum and flat-footed there's no reason to care."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"It's a navel-gazing meditation on death smothered under excess and ham-handed direction, better suited for late-night cable."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"As obras de Stephen King já renderam alguns ótimos filmes, mas também muitos péssimos. Infelizmente, Riding the Bullet se encaixa nesta última categoria."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"There are lots of cheap scares and mind games that detract from the main attraction: the interesting family drama."
‑ , E! Online
"Yet another reason to think twice before thumbing a ride, kids."
‑ Michael Tunison, Boxoffice Magazine
"Both the anticipation factor and writer-director Mick Garris' slick adaptation fail to live up to the old hype."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The ending of which, both on the page and, now, on the screen, lands with an overly elegiac thud. Still, the journey is often fine."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Imagine a feature-length version of the "Large Marge" sequence from Pee-wee's Big Adventure and you won't be too far off, only that was scarier."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, LYTRules.com
"Overall it doesn't amount to much more than a goofy campfire tale."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As good as any Stephen King movie. Not the profound classics ... and not the classy thrillers... but certainly on par with any effective supernatural tale."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
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