Michael Sauter
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dragonfly

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/22/02
performer
Kathy Bates, Kevin Costner, Leslie Hope, Linda Hunt, Joe Morton, Ron Rifkin
director
Tom Shadyac
distributor
MCA, Universal
author
Brandon Camp, David Seltzer, Mike Thompson
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an D+

When is Kevin Costner going to realize that moping his way through tearjerker roles is not what made him a movie star? In Dragonfly — just as in Message in a Bottle — he plays a guy grieving for his dead wife, only this time the deceased is sending cryptic messages from beyond. More dreary than eerie, the movie simply crawls along, doling out abstract clues, before delivering closure with a whopper of a revelation. It’s too much, too late. What was probably pitched as a tasteful, romantic ghost story isn’t even entertaining schlock.

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