• PG, 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Tobe Hooper
    In Theaters:
    Jun 4, 1982 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 18, 2000
  • MGM Home Entertainment

Critic Review - TV Guide's Movie Guide

A vapid, silly horror movie with occasional moments of promise that ultimately fails due to an overdose of cuteness.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (8)
TV Guide's Movie Guide


Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabidu

Larry David

Stick to TV shows.

Sep 17 - 12:31 AM

Richard H.

Richard Han

Your review is weak and gives bad points. "A vapid, silly horror movie with occasional moments of promise that ultimately fails due to an overdose of cuteness"...seriously, what the hell.
And yes, stick to TV shows. Because this is just too stupid.

Sep 21 - 06:11 PM


First Last

How about this for a revision for a lazy review. A perfect mix of Speilberg's ease of direction, flow, wit and story mixed with Hooper's penchant for mining terror from situations and circumstance. Poltergeist on its own makes us feel ashamed for being easily tossed around at the director's/Spielbergs whim but it's the sentimental side that has a tendency to draw off supposed hardcore horror fans. That's too bad because its the wit and charm mixed in with some genuinely scary moments that makes this film so inventive. And it can boast one things that separates itself from almost every film in American film history: it, without a doubt, boasts some of the best children acting ever. 27 years later, it's still a wonder to watch. It may feel like it was churned through the Speilberg process but when was that ever a bad thing?

Jan 20 - 04:52 AM


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Jan 26 - 12:54 PM

Joseph H.

Joseph Horan

A horror movie that was safe for kids to watch yet interesting enough for adults to enjoy? What's silly about that? If you remember seing it when it came out you will recall how fresh the concept and execution was. To this day you will still hear "They're here....." used in shows, movies, and cartoons. That's one hell of an homage to pay to a "Vapid, silly horror movie".

Aug 17 - 12:33 PM


P Mccarthy

This old 1982 review "ultimately fails" too. It contains the typical Speilberg bashing that continues today. The movie's jabs at suburbia and, especially, TV, probably came too close to this TV Guide reviewer's heart. The movie is still entertaining today.

May 1 - 05:19 AM

Mitch Andrews

Mitch Andrews

screw you tv guide

Sep 2 - 11:18 AM

Justin Porter

Justin Porter

This film is a classic and I can't believe you would have the audacity to refer to it as vapid.

Sep 12 - 08:49 PM

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