Video Review

Video Review: 'Dream Lover' (1994)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Madchen Amick and James Spader

So, you're having a Blockbuster night with someone you'd prefer not to have any more nights with, period? Here's the tape to rent — possibly the greatest anti-date video ever — a thriller in which an upscale architect (Spader) hooks up with a mysterious but beautiful psycho (Amick) who proceeds to destroy his life. While the film's slant is blatantly misogynist, its ''trust no one'' message is something we all can relate to. Writer-director Nicholas Kazan was obviously too enamored of his final twist to clean up all the loose ends and red herrings, but the acting has enough verve to put this sour valentine over but good. B-

Originally posted Oct 28, 1994 Published in issue #246 Oct 28, 1994 Order article reprints