Firestarter (1984)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 11, 1984
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Firestarter's concept hews too closely to other known Stephen King adaptations, though it's got nice special effects (including scenery-chewing George C. Scott).

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Even before it begins laying waste to the reputations of cast members, "Firestarter" is promptly exposed as a derivative embarrassment of a conception.

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Chuck O'Leary

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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

More interested in special effects than in dramatic flare.

Rob Vaux

Firestarter wasn't great, but everyone involved survived... as you will if you ever feel the need to give it another look.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

corny and overblown

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's not great. It mainstreams all the novel's subversiveness, but it's watchable.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While no means a masterpiece, it's a Stephen King film worthy of viewing once or twice...

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Stephen King didn't like it, but it really ain't that bad.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Bad movie. Bad career move. Bad in all respects.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Stephen King's story gets a once over but very little more as this adaptation is all about the fireworks. But once it's time for that ... hooboy, do… More
Spencer S.
Another haphazard adaptation of a Stephen King novel, this quintessential eighties horror movie includes the cute factor of a young and drug free Drew… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Despite the nice special effects and musical score, this is more a mere excuse for pyrotechnics instead of a story made to offer us anything close to real drama… More
Aj V
This is an incredible horror drama, and it stars Drew Barrymore as the kid, she does a great job. The story is fantastic, it's exciting and dramatic. I… More
Alex roy
The problem with Firestarter is that it is a horror film that relies way too much on elaborate special effects. The book written by Stephen King was good,… More
Nicki Marie
This was one of my favourites growing up. Looking at it again now, I am not sure people watching it for the first time now would find it as good, but it was… More

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