Christine (1983)

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A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.


  • Keith Gordon
  • John Stockwell
  • Alexandra Paul
  • Robert Prosky
  • Harry Dean Stanton
  • Christine Belford
  • Roberts Blossom
  • William Ostrander
  • David Spielberg
  • Malcolm Danare

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Christine is, of course, utterly ridiculous. But I enjoyed it anyway. The movies have a love affair with cars, and at some dumb elemental level we enjoy seeing chases and crashes. In fact, under the right circumstances there is nothing quite so exhilarating as seeing a car crushed, and one of the best scenes in Christine is the one where the car forces itself into an alley that's too narrow for it.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The story may be slim, but Carpenter deserves some credit. He makes more of the car-as-villain than one might expect, largely by filming the Plymouth in high style. [10 Dec 1983, p.B5]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

When Christine's on the warpath, she foams at the grille. But her movie doesn't do right by her snottiness. Her movie, never scary but campily entertaining for about an hour, loses compression toward the end and the grumpy old thing finally sputters to a stall - gets flattened, poops out. [09 Dec 1983]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)