Carrie (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

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

Rating: R (for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Lawrence D. Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2014
Box Office: $35.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Margaret White

as Sue Snell

as Billy Nolan

as Tommy Ross

as Chris Hargensen

as Carrie White

as Miss Desjardin

as Principal Morton

as Miss Helen Finch

as Greg Delois

as Harry Trenant

as Neighborhood Kid

as Freddy 'Beak' Holt

as Mr. Ulmann

as Eleanor Snell

as Kenny

as Head Commissioner

as Dr. Dean L. McDuffy
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

A tired, unneeded copy of Brian De Palma's far superior work, with the small changes it makes adding nothing of significance.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
ChrisStuckmann.com

By taking a safe, piecemeal approach -- and treating the original a sacred text rather than completely reinventing it -- the result at times seems weirdly anachronistic.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
Maclean's Magazine

Perhaps the biggest flaw in this remake has to do with the ethereal beauty of its leading lady.

Full Review… | June 28, 2014
Windy City Times

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2014
Newcity

Audience Reviews for Carrie

It's been 40 years since Stephen King published his first novel. Over the proceeding decades we would see an onslaught of King's work translated to the big screen, some with great results and the others resulting in garbage, but that's the way it is with a body of work that is continuously wanted by an eager public.

This is the third time that the first novel by King has been presented, the first being Brian DePalma's early classic that exhibits all that DePalma was to be, good or bad, and starred and excellent Sissy Spacek as the title character. There was a sequel somewhere, a TV remake (neither of which I can comment on because why should we bother). This newest version comes to us from director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), bringing us an examination of a scared, uninitiated high school girl from an actual woman. Who would have thought...

The story is the same. Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) has lived a sheltered life with her mother (Julianne Moore), a religious zealot trying to make amends with what she considers a hedonistic past. As always, this goes great for a senior in high school who becomes a woman in the middle of gym class. a guilt ridden fellow student decides to have her boyfriend take Carrie to the prom to make amends, but other students aren't as guilty as she. If you have seen any other the previous incarnations, you know the rest.

The film is your basic rehash of the original film and book. There is nothing new here. It's the same animal as 40 years ago. The big finish is epic and satisfying, but the ending leaves something to be desired, almost taking a twist into action overload Michael Bay territory. This is where the original film has the advantage over this new model. The ending here is just to much for a film such as this. It just doesn't gel with the rest of the film.

As always, remakes are remakes and Hollywood still tries to milk an old franchise for all its worth. Carrie is a simple rehash that isn't even twisted around a bit to bring us something new. Unless you're viewing this for free, skip it. You've seen the
original. Go find a nice independent film or documentary. Experience something new.

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Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Somewhat forgettable horror remake, however I enjoyed it more than the original!

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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