The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone (1983)

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Dead Zone combines taut direction from David Cronenberg and and a rich performance from Christopher Walken to create one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations.

Variety Staff

An accomplished psychological thriller.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural.

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Rob Vaux

The Dead Zone ultimately ranks as one of the best King adaptations to date.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

By no means a bad film, just a disappointingly bland and superficial one.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Cronenberg's direction is vivid and effective; his pacing is a little unemphatic at times, but the film's individual scenes are very well staged.

Alan Jones
Radio Times

[An] engrossing yet strangely unembellished adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller by director David Cronenberg.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

Cronenberg pulls it off, but you can't help feeling it's a movie in search of a TV series.

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

Before Christopher Walken was a punchline, he was an get a great sense of how startling Walken can be as a star, of how unusual and unexpected his every choice is, from his turn in this early-career King adaptation

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Director David Cronenberg's sense of pace is acute, the editing by Ronald Sanders is seamless and suspenseful. And, if nothing else, the movie establishes that chills can be generated without explicit gore and violence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
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Aj V
An interesting story from King, and a good cast too, but Cronenberg made this movie slightly too weird, so some of the less interesting scenes are pretty… More
Chris Weber
Based on a novel by Stephen King, this is easily one of David Cronenberg's more straightforward and accessible films. Christopher Walken stars as Johnny… More
Dan Schultz
A meandering, slightly disappointing film from the master of body horror David Cronenberg, who adapts a Stephen King novel about a teacher (Christopher Walken)… More
xGary Xx
A teacher involved in a near fatal car crash reawakens from a coma five years later with the power of second sight. David Cronenberg's most restrained and… More
Alex roy
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