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      Firestarter

      R 1984 1 hr. 53 min. Horror List
      38% 34 Reviews Tomatometer 53% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score As youths, Andy McGee (David Keith) and his future wife, Vicky (Heather Locklear), participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple's daughter, Charlie (Drew Barrymore), begins to exhibit the ability of setting fires solely with her mind. This volatile talent makes the youngster extremely dangerous and soon she becomes a target for the enigmatic agency known as "The Shop." Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Nov 01 Buy Now

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      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).

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      Leandro T Supernatural and entertaining Stephen king classic Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Jeff M Although I have vaguely fond memories of watching this on HBO as a youth, my revisit with this Steven King adaptation was disappointingly not a happy reunion. Not having read the original source material, I can't comment how faithful this is to the book. However if the screenplay here is indeed close to the novel, this probably isn't one of King's finest tomes. The basic premise is fun and would seemingly have a lot of potential, but it unfortunately takes a predictable route involving government conspiracy and unethical federal agents. But the basic problem is a simple one - once we've seen Barrymore start her first fire, there's not a whole lot of excitement watching her start her 14th fire. There are no thrills or excitement, and we don't care about the titular character, mainly because Barrymore's whiny and often grating performance frankly isn't all that great. Heather Locklear has a small role and achieves the amazing feat of being more convincing dead than alive. And the ending, if you really stop and think about it, is beyond ludicrous. There is some fun seeing a parade of award winning actors making cameo appearances like this was a 70s airport movie, but other than that, I was underwhelmed and bored. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review Cees T Horror intro, tedious overacted drama middle, and amusingly bad finale that goes on a little too long even at 1.2x speed. 5/10 - Still better than the remake. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 09/22/23 Full Review Glitched G If you haven't read the book I'm sure most will enjoy Firestarter! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/18/23 Full Review Ricardo d Acho que o problema neste filme chama-se roteiristas e editores, claro que tudo orquestrado pela direção. Um roteiro enrolado, com uma edição cansativa, tornou um filme um saco de quase 2hs. Os efeitos especiais são bons, exceto aqueles cabelos voando da Charlie. Poderia ser um filme melhor: poderia sim, mas acho que teria que começar do zero escalando outro diretor. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/28/23 Full Review Justin M I'd say the RT 38% score is right on. It was … kind of ok. It felt more like I was watching a moderately passable tv show from the early 80's than a big budget movie. I felt like this one and the remake were about equal in quality and watchability. I did quite a bit of messing around on my phone while watching it, while still having a mild interest in what was going to happen. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      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. Oct 17, 2017 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The film's crucial flaw is the lack of a strong point to the story. A little girl has her dangerous power, some government agents want to examine her, others want to destroy her, and things catch on fire. That's about it. Rated: 2/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Noah Berlatsky Everything is Horrible (Substack) At a time cinema movie screens are saturated with formulaic superheroing, it is intriguing to go back and watch a movie that so obviously didn’t get the memo about where superheroes are supposed to go, and how quickly. Mar 17, 2023 Full Review Jenn Adams Rue Morgue Magazine While FIRESTARTER has its problematic elements, the character of Rainbird alone could fuel many think pieces on appropriation and stereotyping, it is a story of female rage and patriarchal control. Rated: C Feb 18, 2023 Full Review Cheryl Eddy io9.com Firestarter rests on the shoulders of Barrymore...It’s repetitive yet visually arresting, as Barrymore’s hair blows back, her eyes widen, and every adult around her begins to sweat profusely and panic. Sep 14, 2022 Full Review Alan Jones Starburst The most mediocre adaptation so far. Aug 1, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis As youths, Andy McGee (David Keith) and his future wife, Vicky (Heather Locklear), participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple's daughter, Charlie (Drew Barrymore), begins to exhibit the ability of setting fires solely with her mind. This volatile talent makes the youngster extremely dangerous and soon she becomes a target for the enigmatic agency known as "The Shop."
      Director
      Mark L. Lester
      Production Co
      Dino de Laurentiis Corp., Universal Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 19, 2016
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