Christine (1983)

She was born in Detroit... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine - a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cracks are starting to show in John Carpenter's directorial instincts, but Christine is nonetheless silly, zippy fun.

Variety Staff

This deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Relatively artless when compared to several other King adaptations around the time (Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone) or even with Carpenter's previous picture (1982's career-best The Thing), the film still delivers the goods as entertainment.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Carpenter's thematic self-consciousness can't entirely overcome a shaky dramatic structure that sacrifices character logic to increasingly meaningless thrills.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Only a moderately engrossing film.

Rob Vaux

Christine shows us what great filmmakers can do with flawed material, and how even their greatness can't solve every problem.

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Time Out

Off the page, a 1958 Plymouth is no more scary than the St Bernard which romped through Cujo.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I love Carpenter, and I like Christine well enough, but I'm not as enthusiastic about it as I am about other King films.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Proves Carpenter's mastery of both mood and the widescreen frame.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The few changes made in the original story only weakens this flawed adaptation and makes its premise seem even more ludicrous than it already is, but at least… More
Lee ?
I usually don't tend to find possessed vehicle movies particularly frightening but there was something really menacing and chilling about… More
Nicki Marie
Honestly not that great, but has its moments and it is an 80's film based on a good Stephen King book, so can't hate on it too much!
Ken Stachnik
Totally ridiculous, but fun at points. Not one of Carpenter's stronger efforts, but far from his worst.
Graham Jones
A minor work by Carpenter but still thoroughly entertaining. Great character acting by Robert Prosky and Roberts Blossom as well.
Aj V
A great story from Stephen King, it may sound silly at first sight, but if you see it you'll see what a great psychological and supernatural horror movie… More