• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Brian DePalma
    In Theaters:
    Nov 16, 1976 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 29, 1998
  • United Artists
  • Carrie
    1 minutes 34 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Carrie Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce

Stephen King's book outlines a world ringed with abuse, Brian De Palma visualizes it with vast amounts of pervy humor and ominous effulgence

Full Review Source: CinePassion

October 27, 2013
Kevin A. Ranson

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.0/4.0

October 18, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A terrifying and awe inspiring revenge film...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 9, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A voluptuously shot horror movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 6, 2013
Alan Jones
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 6, 2013
Simon Miraudo

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 29, 2012

Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 4, 2011
Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media

Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Blake French

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 2, 2009
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 13, 2008
Variety Staff
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Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 7, 2008
Lucius Gore

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

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first big hit directed by Brian De Palma.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 10, 2008
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

September 25, 2007


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

Full Review Source: Film4

September 25, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

July 15, 2007
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

August 25, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

May 30, 2006
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