Carrie Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 30, 2006
De Palma's Gothic thriller is at once trashy and lyrical, a nasty revenge story in which its misfit-Cinederella-like heroine (an exquisite Sissy Spacek) discovers her sexuality under the most terrifying conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The fierce sympathy it extends to its unfashionable central character puts the film a million miles above the contemporary line in sick exploitation.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 24, 2006
A total knockout. Piper Laurie gives a bravura performance as Carrie's religious fanatic mother, one of the creepiest movie characters ever.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Eder
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It is sometimes funny in a puzzling kind of way, it is generally overwrought in an irritating kind of way, and once in a while it is inappropriately touching.
Brian Juergens
Bloody Disgusting
March 31, 2005
A nearly perfect film. The combination of pathos, shocks, and grand guignol excess is orchestrated with jaw-dropping precision by young Depalma, whose later films would pale by comparison.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Barbara Thomas
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 6, 2005
Young director Brian DePalma is fast making his reputation in the genre of the suspense-horror film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Brian De Palma's Carrie is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that's the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in Jaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 27, 2004
Pure squeamish horror!
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 29, 2003
De Palma's masterpiece of pure cinema is the unsung Great American Film of the 1970s.
| Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
De Palma's classic creep show has dark undertones about the nastiness of teen spirit, emergent female sexuality, and rabid Christianity.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 6, 2002
Here -- as in perhaps no other film -- De Palma's non-stop stylistic flourishes completely complement and enhance the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 27, 2002
It's a simple tale, told briskly and effectively by director Brian DePalma.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This horror classic might be the ultimate teen angst flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 10, 2001
...suspenseful, scary, and humorously cunning by turns, it boasts superb acting, excellent pacing, good production values, and...a thought-provoking premise.
| Original Score: 9/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 28, 2001
Horror in the classic sense, horror that builds rather than constantly shocking, horror that works so well we don't need a guts and gore booster-shot every two minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 21, 2001
King's pulp-gothic imagination was perfectly realized on-screen in De Palma's Hitchcock-influenced manipulative camerawork
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dmetri Kakmi
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
The story of a butt-of-all-jokes high-school teenager, Carrie is a revenge-of-the-nerds tale, made all the more eloquent by its binary oppositions of light and shade, gothic imagery and, thanks to Lawrence D. Cohen's script, intricate characterisation.
April 17, 2001
Unlike other examples of the horror genre, there are classic elements of tragedy that lend this gruesome tale a compelling edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
It's a gripping and rousing perusal of our human souls -- an opportunity to become aware of our dark sides and meet them head on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
There is little suspense or dramatic tension; everything plays out like bad melodrama or cheap exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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