Dreamscape (1984)

In an attempt to help people who experience recurring nightmares, a research program is using psychics to enter the patients' dreams. The studies are going well, until the President of the U.S. becomes one of the patients, and a psychic… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 17, 1984
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dreamscape mixes several genres -- horror, sci-fi, action -- and always maintains a sense of adventure and humor.


Film [from a screen story by David Loughery] centers on 'dreamlinking', the psychic projection of one person's consciousness into a sleeping person's subconscious, or his dreams. If that sounds far-fetched, it is.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mostly maladroit, without the kind of high gloss or confidence that might help carry its audience along.

Rob Vaux

I really wanted Dreamscape to work and when I was younger, it probably worked better.

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Time Out

This is as good a piece of solid, down-the-line schlock as anything to come along since Halloween III.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A bold mix of horror, action, and comedy, and a very fun experience.

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TV Guide

A perfect B movie for the 1980s: light and trashy, with political overtones and a blend of science fiction and paranoia, all calculated to provide fun for an audience disinclined to take matters seriously.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Most movies that try to crowd so much into an hour and a half end up looking like a shopping list, but Dreamscape works, maybe because it has a sense of humor.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a diverting, enjoyably creative thriller

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Underrated, extremely fun genre picture

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Classic 80s sci fi . . amazing cast when one looks at it . . Quaid, Von Sydow, Albert, Plummer, Capshaw .. Crazy how many people they got on board for this one.… More
Eric S
"Dreamscape" is an overlooked little film from 1984. Surely it's a bit dated, but that's part of it's charm. The visual effects are… More
Melvin White
Tommy Ray Glatman: In this world, Alex, you're nothing. And me, I'm God.  "Close Your Eyes and The Adventure Begins" Dreamscape is an… More
Conner Rainwater
Psychic movies donā??t come any better than this, one of the most fun sci-fi movies from the 80s. Dennis Quaid plays a great anti-hero in Alex Garner making you… More
Aj V
A great adventure filled sci-fi thriller all about dreams and psychics. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend it.
Curtis Lilly
Dennis QUaid's Han Solo like character is about all that I can say I liked in this one. I fell asleep about the time that the claymation snake came… More

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