Firestarter

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, 11% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • There was plenty of room to improve on the original, but Firestarter trips over that low bar and tumbles toward the bottom of the long list of Stephen King adaptations.
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    James LuxfordBBC.com
    The acting is very stiff, the special effects look cheap… (the 1984 film) isn’t very well remembered, but somehow this manages to be worse.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    Unfortunately, it didn't really catch fire...
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    The most incoherent, unengaging, and weirdly mean-spirited
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    Jason BaileyRolling Stone
    The effects are dodgy and unconvincing. The emotional investment is nil. The running time is only 94 minutes long, thus proving there may, in fact, be a merciful higher power out there. It’s still a four-alarm disaster.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    Maybe this book is unadaptable?
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    A.A. DowdEmpire Magazine
    Only a thrilling throwback synth score from John Carpenter keeps this inferior, modernised take on Firestarter off the lower end of a list of Stephen King adaptations.
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    Terry StauntonRadio Times
    Director Keith Thomas uses ominous music and moody lighting in an attempt to crank up the tension, but that fails entirely in the face of uniformly wooden performances, unconvincing special effects and a plot that fails to engage.
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    Peter CanaveseCelluloid Dreams
    A premise with a lot of potential but like the original movie this one's pretty inept, thematically empty and dumbed down from the original source material.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    Zac Efron looking so bored that blood drips from his eyes, dressing up King's 1980 story as a superhero tale and having its pyrokinetic protagonist say "liar liar, pants on fire" when she's torching someone aren't a recipe for igniting movie magic.
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    Steve BiodrowskiCinefantastique
    Some solid performances and a few good scenes raise some expectations that this remake can exceed the original, but ultimately the film throws everything away in favor of a ridiculous ending added to set up a sequel no one wants.
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