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Carrie (2013)

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49

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 77 | Rotten: 80

It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce's "reimagining" of Brian De Palma's horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel -- and feels woefully unnecessary.

49

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 18

It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce's "reimagining" of Brian De Palma's horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel -- and feels woefully unnecessary.

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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (ChloŽ Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. (c) Sony

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Jan 14, 2014

$35.3M

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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (80) | DVD (1)

Peirce wants to make a hit, and, even with source material this strange, it feels as though she has. But if so, that's all she has made.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Chloe Moretz is unnervingly talented, but Carrie is not a role she was born to play. She hasn't a victim's bone in her body and fluffs the early scenes.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It is a timeless thing for all of us, the ritual of high-school expectation and heartache. Once again, as it did nearly 40 years ago, Carrie turns it into an experience of biblical proportions.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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The movie is very good, both as a first-order viewing experience and as a contemporary gloss on Brian De Palma's classic 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's novel.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Rather than fixing some of the problems with De Palma's approach and trying something fresh, Peirce compounds them.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Peirce is gifted, but she lacks the ability of directors like DePalma to transform schlock into something deeply personal.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Perhaps the biggest flaw in this remake has to do with the ethereal beauty of its leading lady.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

A wan retelling which pales in practically every department when compared to the '76 model.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Peirce's imagery is pungent: the mark of Carrie's bloody palm print on the eggshell blue of her gym teacher's skirt; a slow-motion whirling sateen dervish of a student and her gown in flames.

April 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

Not only doesn't Carrie add anything particularly new to the mix, it fails to stand on its own feet and cohere its somewhat disparate components.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

For all its positives, unfortunately, when the inevitable comparisons to both King, and Brian De Palma's 1976 version arise, Carrie does fall short.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Repeats the past with less thrilling but more profound results.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

It's all just a series of scenes taking from DePalma's playbook, and going through the motions.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Feels like someone copied a schoolmate's work and added a lot of their own occasionally enlightening but largely unnecessary scribbles.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

This classic worm-turns tale rights a few of the original's wrongs and offers a sad and scary performance by Moretz, although she's almost upstaged by Moore, whose misogynist Bible-bashing is more extreme than Piper Laurie's in the original.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

This is a sturdy tale that deserves to find a new audience. It's just a shame they won't find anything new in the process.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The new Carrie is cowardly and artistically empty. If you avoid one movie this year, make it this one.

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

It might be remade almost shot-for-shot, but times have changed since the `70s, and I personally think Peirce's clear agenda for updating its dominant themes is a welcome one.

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

This cyber-age version didn't raise a single hair on the back of my neck.

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Begs that age-old remake-of-a-classic question of why even bother, even if the very capable actors do the best that they possibly can.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

You would have trouble arguing for any significant shift in perspective.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It looks uncannily at home in 2013.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This remake of the classic 1976 horror film can't match the original, but this is still a great Stephen King story about hormonal confusion and religious fervour.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's perfectly watchable, but I've been more scared at a vicarage tea party.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The special effects may have moved on over the past 40 years but virtually every other aspect of the film is inferior to its predecessor.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for Carrie

The second time I have seen this 70's classic remade, and the second time I wish they had left it alone.
Like Angela Bettis before her, Chloe Grace Moretz is a good actress, but she's not Carrie.
For a start, she is too pretty. Even at the beginning, with her hair scraped back, she is not an outsider. Sissy Spacek, while attractive in a strange way, also had an eerie quality to her which made it apparent why kids would pick on her. I believe in the original, the taunting kid on the bike calls her "creepy Carrie", where in this, it's "crazy Carrie". It is an important difference for this character.
Ditto to the prom scene -Chloe is beautiful. The popular kids would have been all over her as one of them.
This is so - so until the end.
I didn't love it, and it felt unnecessary, but I could appreciate the effort of the cast to make this work.
Until the end, where this makes the same mistake the previous remake made.
Evil, vengeful Carrie stomping round with lots of violence and fire.
I never got that the original Carrie was doing it on purpose. Or not to the point this one was.
And don't even start me on Carrie's final words to Sue. Why the hell was that twist even in it?
I also could have done without the modernising - Carrie has no place on You Tube.
Honestly this story worked better in the 70's and if people are too dumb to want to watch an older movie, their loss.
August 9, 2014
romy861

Super Reviewer

Somewhat forgettable horror remake, however I enjoyed it more than the original!
April 21, 2014
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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Not really a "reimagining" because there's only a handful of new scenes. This is almost too slick of a remake. The special effects are sometimes too obvious and in your face. The acting is only so so, but Chloe was a solid Carrie. Julianne Moore was decent too, but everyone else is instantly forgettable. Everyone knows the plot to this so I'll just say the infamous prom scene is not as awesome as I had hoped it would be with new technology. I expected more, but this was entertaining for what it is. It's just unnecessary. Go watch the original.
February 2, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Don't know why this got remade. The final scene is just bad. The only thing interesting about this is Julianne Moore. What a waste.
January 23, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

    1. Carrie White: It's a girl.
    2. Sue Snell: Oh my God!
    – Submitted by Zen D (10 months ago)
    1. Margaret White: You are gonna go to your closet and pray-
    2. Carrie White: No!
    – Submitted by Joco d (10 months ago)
    1. Sue Snell: Don't hurt me, Carrie.
    2. Carrie White: Why not?
    – Submitted by Alyssa C (11 months ago)
    1. Margaret White: When you know a devil never dies, it keeps coming back. You gotta keep killing it.
    – Submitted by Steven V (14 months ago)
    1. Carrie White: There are other people like me who can do what I can do.
    – Submitted by Steven V (14 months ago)
    1. Tommy Ross: Prom is next week. If you don't have a date already, maybe you'd want to go with me.
    – Submitted by Steven V (14 months ago)
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