The Stephen King Scorecard

Ever since Carrie in 1973, Stephen King has been terrifying and entertaining the literary world with his nightmarish concoctions and alternate realities. And while not every movie or TV show King has his name attached to has been a winner (oh, you’ll see soon enough!), there’s been enough masterpieces spun from his words that he’ll be entrenched in cinema history for time immemorial. Read on for each Stephen King adaptation and original sorted by Tomatometer.

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#63
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted from characters created by Stephen King, Sometimes They Come Back ...For More is set in Antarctica, where a remote... [More]

#62
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fifteen years after the original Children of the Corn, John Franklin returns as Isaac, leader of the band of murderous... [More]
Directed By: Kari Skogland

#61
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this chapter of the horror saga, the murderous title children and their demonic leader terrorize a group of college... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Wiley

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 8.231%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted for TV, this is a Stephen King story in which an aspiring writer and an alcoholic poet (with a... [More]
Directed By: John Power

#59

Cell (2016)
12%

#59
Adjusted Score: 13.128%
Critics Consensus: Shoddily crafted and devoid of suspense, Cell squanders a capable cast and Stephen King's once-prescient source material on a bland rehash of zombie cliches.
Synopsis: Stephen King's best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.... [More]
Directed By: Tod Williams

#58
Adjusted Score: 6.844%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This special-effects-laden sequel features two evil corporate executives who revive Jobe, the virtual psychotic genius who lives in a computer... [More]
Directed By: Farhad Mann

#57
Adjusted Score: 8.736%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Loosely based on the Stephen King novel, this thriller is about a man working the graveyard shift in a rat-infested... [More]
Directed By: Ralph S. Singleton

#56
Adjusted Score: 15.209%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Macabre mother and son (Alice Krige, Brian Krause) with unusual diets. Tanya: Madchen Amick. Ira: Jim Haynie. Mrs. Robertson: Cindy... [More]
Directed By: Mick Garris

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 15.383%
Critics Consensus: A bland, weightless horror film that seems to want to mock itself as the proceedings drag on.
Synopsis: An obese attorney finds himself the unwilling subject of a horrifying weight-loss plan when he is cursed by a vengeful... [More]
Directed By: Tom Holland

#54

The Dark Tower (2017)
16%

#54
Adjusted Score: 26.07%
Critics Consensus: Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these.
Synopsis: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 17.321%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After radiation from a comet showers the earth, inanimate tractor-trailers come to life and terrorize a group of people trapped... [More]
Directed By: Stephen King

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 21.714%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film, the boys on the high-school football team compete to see who can seduce the most girls. When... [More]
Directed By: Katt Shea

#51
Adjusted Score: 18.746%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This 1992 horror sequel concerns a journalist (Terence Knox) and his son (Paul Scherrer), who must travel to Gatlin, Nebraska... [More]
Directed By: David F. Price

Synopsis: A novelist grieving over the loss of his wife travels to a lakeside home where he's haunted by a ghost... [More]

#49

Pet Sematary Two (1992)
26%

#49
Adjusted Score: 26.768%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This follow-up to the sizable horror hit concerns a Maine teenager who discovers the eerie power of a legendary local... [More]
Directed By: Mary Lambert

#48

Needful Things (1993)
26%

#48
Adjusted Score: 27.178%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a novel by horror-meister Stephen King, Needful Things is set in a tiny New England town and refers... [More]
Directed By: Fraser C. Heston

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 18.863%
Critics Consensus: Stephen King adaptation veteran director Mick Garris has lofty storytelling goals which ultimately flail and undercut the story's terror.
Synopsis: A young man who has flirted with death is forced to come to terms with mortality in this tale of... [More]
Directed By: Mick Garris

#46

The Mangler (1994)
27%

#46
Adjusted Score: 23.232%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A policeman investigates a series of mysterious deaths at an industry laundry in this supernatural horror film. He soon discovers... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#45

Dreamcatcher (2003)
30%

#45
Adjusted Score: 34.528%
Critics Consensus: An incoherent and overly long creature feature.
Synopsis: Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver. Twenty years ago they were just kids in a small town in Maine - kids... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#44
Adjusted Score: 12.948%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Stephen King's short story, The Night Flier, originally appeared in Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror... [More]
Directed By: Mark Pavia

#43

Creepshow 2 (1987)
33%

#43
Adjusted Score: 34.077%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Horror writer, Stephen King was behind some of the terror in this horror anthology comprised of three not-very-creepy-but-kind-of-fun-anyway supernatural tales.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Gornick

#42
Adjusted Score: 30.401%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson... [More]
Directed By: Peter Askin

#41
Adjusted Score: 39.512%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four short horror stories from the "masters" in the field. A mummy terrorizes a college dorm. A hitman tries to... [More]
Directed By: John Harrison

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