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Carrie (1976)

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92

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 4

Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.

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This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at her small-town high school. Her blind panic at her first menstruation, a result of ignorance and religious guilt drummed into her by her fanatical mother, Margaret (Piper Laurie), only causes her classmates' vicious cruelty to escalate, despite the attentions of her overly solicitous gym teacher (Betty Buckley). Finally, when the

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Lawrence D. Cohen

Sep 29, 1998

United Artists

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (4) | DVD (32)

A voluptuously shot horror movie.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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More superpowers from Brian De Palma, this time in high school, in a screen version of a Stephen King novel that's become a horror classic.

June 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.

October 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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This 1976 thriller, about a high school outcast (Sissy Spacek) who uses her telekinetic powers to massacre the graduating class, contains a number of interesting ideas. But as with most of his films, De Palma can't keep track of them.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (10)
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The fierce sympathy it extends to its unfashionable central character puts the film a million miles above the contemporary line in sick exploitation.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Stephen King's book outlines a world ringed with abuse, Brian De Palma visualizes it with vast amounts of pervy humor and ominous effulgence

October 27, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

... a cautionary tale that suggests that fear of the unusual justifies any action to displace the potential danger... My, how times have changed.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

A terrifying and awe inspiring revenge film...

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Brian De Palma's modern gothic fairy tale, based on Stephen King's bestseller, offers a tense and lyrical web of emotions.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Carrie is one of the most heart-breaking and cringe-worthy high school dramas ever made, and that's before she even gets to her apocalyptic revenge.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Brian De Palma transcends the pulpy horror feel by emphasising the awakening-sexuality metaphor, and using some glorious trickery.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I might be the only person in the world who thinks Brian De Palma's 1976 classic thriller Carrie (now out on DVD) is one of the most overrated, disappointing horror films of all time, but I stand behind my review, and I swear I can knock down just about a

August 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

... [O]ne of the best horror films of the 1970s.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

The first big hit directed by Brian De Palma.

February 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The reason Carrie is still held in such high regard as a horror classic is very simple: it's all in the sheer directorial bravado. De Palma at the top of his game.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Carrie rivals The Shining for the title of greatest ever Stephen King adaptation.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

The film has a strikingly unsettling mood that enhances its power and gives it an impact that the story would otherwise lack. Much of the credit, though, must go to Spacek, who so convincingly portrays Carrie's pain and her longing for acceptance.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The bulk of "Carrie" is not a gore-fest, but a prescient tone poem about the mental torture of social outcasts in high school halls in the pre-Columbine era.

July 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Comment (1)
Arizona Daily Star

Carrie might be a film about high school, but it was perhaps Brian De Palma's first completely mature film.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (2)
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Carrie

De Palma surprises us for his splendid choice of making a very delicate and emotionally involving drama from King's novel - with an exquisite direction, even if not so well edited - and he leaves all the tragic horror only as an inevitable climactic explosion of blood and fury in the end.
January 22, 2014
blacksheepboy

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One of the best horror films out there to date! Although "Carrie" has a slow start and the first half is all build up, the pay-off is much more worth it than you would expect. As a teenage girl is bullied in her senior year, she discovers an odd ability she has to levitate and move certain things with her mind. It's less of a jerky horror flick than a bone-chilling creepy one. I felt myself gulping by the end of the film at how eerie they were able to pull off her abilities and how many symbolic moments came from this film. It may not have all the tense moments you want, but the last 25 minutes will absolutely blow your mind. The camera techniques are very questionable, but commendable, the editing is done perfectly, and this film could not have been directed better. "Carrie" is one of those rare treats that doesn't come around very often! Its terrific!
October 18, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I tend to remain largely unaffected by most horror films, but "Carrie" (while not quite 'scary') manages to be consistently creepy in that mysterious, unsettling sort of way. It's a triumph of suspenseful storytelling as well as a strange commentary on youth that still feels shockingly relevant today.
July 11, 2013
Sam Barnett

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    1. Margaret White: Prom?
    – Submitted by Steven V (10 months ago)
    1. Margaret White: They're all gonna laugh at you.
    – Submitted by Fanya R (18 months ago)
    1. The Beak: I know. I only got ten bucks, though.
    – Submitted by Tony S (20 months ago)
    1. Carrie White: Why am I here with you?
    – Submitted by Tony S (20 months ago)
    1. Sue Snell: Shut up, Chris. Just shut up.
    – Submitted by Tony S (20 months ago)
    1. Carrie White: Everyone isn't bad, Mama! Everything isn't a sin!
    – Submitted by Bria M (22 months ago)
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