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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Phantoms is fear-less.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Director Joe Chapelle knows how to stage a spooky scene, and Going and McGowan supply a refreshing alternative to the shrieking bimbos so familiar to horror fans.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A horror film that starts out creepy but ends up disjointed and borderline- incoherent. It's a shame that the final product isn't a little better packaged because, unlike many lame entries into the genre, this one actually contains a few interesting, philosophically titillating ideas.
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Until it coughs up a ridiculously convoluted explanation of why an isolated town in Colorado suddenly goes deader than a weekday matinee of "The Postman," Phantoms delivers the shivers.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
For about 20 minutes, Phantoms, based on Dean Koontz's bestseller, keeps you guessing. After that, it barely keeps you awake.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

A horror movie that has the distinction of not even being scary... Although Koontz wrote the screenplay, the suspense for which he is supposed to be famous doesn't translate to the screen.
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25

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie, based on the popular Dean Koontz novel, that seems to have been made by grinding up other films and feeding them to this one.
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16

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
It's nearly unwatchable, a farrago of confusing direction, stupid plot coincidences, and banal dialogue.
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12

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Godawful.
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12

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Phantoms may have sold like hotcakes as a book. But this movie version is a grotesque fiasco, a confoundingly senseless story told with unexciting visuals, cliched dialogue and ear-bashing sounds... Watching it is a truly hellish experience. [23 Jan 1998]
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26 out of 100
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