Customer Reviews


23 Reviews
5 star:
 (11)
4 star:
 (6)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For any Drew fan
I was really impressed by the acting of Drew Barrymore (who was just eight when it was made). She carried the film the whole way through, changing between cuteness and the "angry scenes". This is a must for any Drew fan - it really shows how far she'd come from her small role in E.T. However, this film isn't perfect. It's not as scary as what most people...
Published on 1 Jan 2002

versus
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars explosive,emotional,not scary
For a Stephen King film this is relativly tame. It's the story of little Charlie(Drew Barrymore)and her father who are being pursed by goverment agency 'The shop', due to Charlie's amazing power of being able to set things on fire with her mind when she is angered.This is a perfect senario for plenty of explosion sequences and Drew's cuteness is just right to make you...
Published on 1 Dec 2000


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars explosive,emotional,not scary, 1 Dec 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Firestarter [VHS] (VHS Tape)
For a Stephen King film this is relativly tame. It's the story of little Charlie(Drew Barrymore)and her father who are being pursed by goverment agency 'The shop', due to Charlie's amazing power of being able to set things on fire with her mind when she is angered.This is a perfect senario for plenty of explosion sequences and Drew's cuteness is just right to make you feel sorry for this little girl. But don't expect something scary, or you will be disapointed!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For any Drew fan, 1 Jan 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
I was really impressed by the acting of Drew Barrymore (who was just eight when it was made). She carried the film the whole way through, changing between cuteness and the "angry scenes". This is a must for any Drew fan - it really shows how far she'd come from her small role in E.T. However, this film isn't perfect. It's not as scary as what most people would think from the cover of the DVD/posters etc. Nevertheless, the graphics are good and believable, but this film probably shouldn't be a 15 - more like a 12 for its tame nature. Like most films, the book is better but it's a good movie overall. If you're a drew fan - what ya waiting on? Buy it or rent it or miss out.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back off..., 14 Mar 2014
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
Andy McGee met his future wife Vicky while they were earning money by participating in an experiment in which they were given a dose of a chemical called LOT-6, whilst in college.

Andy and Vicky went on to get married and have a 9-year-old daughter named Charlie, who has the ability to start fires at will, a result of the experiment.

The experiment also gave Andy the ability to make people do what he wants. A secret government department known as "The Shop" did the experiment, and now the Shop, run by Doctor Joseph Wanless, has been pursuing Andy and Charlie, even killing Vicky in order to get her out of the way.

Wanless and his organisation want to study Andy and Charlie, and then kill them....

First off, the film is good, not scary at all, but more like a little kiddie 'Carrie'. Barrymore proves that she had big things ahead of her, putting in such a delicate yet distressing role.

The rest of the casting is pretty odd though. I can get David Keith as the father, and he probably puts in a career best performance as the father, the chemistry between him and Barrymore is real, and you can really feel the Fathers fear for his daughters safety.

But the rest f the cast is very odd. Freddie Jones as a scientist, and George C Scott as a paedophile native/friendly Janitor? I found it hard to swallow.

Maybe it was because King was so huge in the eighties, everyone wanted a piece of the man.

If you are looking for an all out horror-fest, you have come to the wrong movie, but if you want to see a drama about two outcasts trying to keep it together, and the girl goes all 'Carrie' at the end, then this is good stuff.

One of the better King movies of the eighties...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A DVD Review, 30 Sep 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
Review for the Prism edition.
The back of the box states 16:9 which could either lead you to believe that it is either 1.85:1 widescreen or anamorphic. It is in fact the correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1 non-anamorphic, this means you need to expand the picture to fill the screen although it will still have black bars top and bottom.
The picture is slightly grainy and has obviously not been cleaned up but this is a treatment that many older films receive on DVD. I am just happy to have the film in the correct aspect ratio. TV companies either show it in 16:9 which mean the sides are cropped.
Audio is in stereo.
One day Firestarter might receive the collector's edition treatment it deserves and hopefully will include a commentary like the excellent one on The Dead Zone (Sanctuary Special Edition)R2 only.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN AT BARBEQUES, 26 Oct 2007
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
This little blonde haired cutie is the offspring of a mum and dad who underwent some clinical trials, that went horribly wrong.

Mum was killed by the shady government dept responsible and was found in the airing cupboard by husband/dad, who can control the minds of others by thought control. Their little girl, however, can set people on fire !!

Despite being an innocent little thing, this is a girl who can boil a kettle without turning it on, set a brick wall on fire and eventually split the planet in half, if left to her own devices.

Great film
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Brilliant!!, 10 Sep 2007
By 
A. Bartlett (UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent!!

Its not really scary like you would think a Stephen King movie would be but it is really good and you do feel sorry for the little girl.

One to own
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars quality review, 21 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight, 1 Aug 2013
By 
bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)   
A government experiment with "Lot. 6" goes awry and leaving a few side effects; one of those effects is Charlene 'Charlie' McGee (an 8 year old Drew Barrymore) who has the ability to start fires and maybe dispatch the Earth. Her father Andrew 'Andy' McGee (David Keith) wants to save her, Captain Hollister (Martin Sheen) wants to control her, John Rainbird (George C. Scott) wants to take her to the next world, and Irv Manders (Art Carney) just wants a daughter. So who wins and who lose, and who gets burnt in the process?

This is a based on a timeless tale by Stephen King. As there are many factions and cabals that today want to control their own firstarter.

I found it as much fun to watch now as it was originally. And who can believe how young Drew was. Many of the other actors are now relegated to the past but not forgetting.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars firestarter, 18 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
it was just as I remembered it but as I am attepted to collect all stephen king I just had to have it
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Firestarter [DVD], 27 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Firestarter [DVD] (DVD)
This has to be the best of Drew Barrymore's performance's but then anything with Drew in i am likely to buy
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Firestarter [DVD]
Firestarter [DVD] by Mark L. Lester (DVD - 2008)
9.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews