Carrie Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
December 10, 2013
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.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
October 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 21, 2013
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2013
Rather than fixing some of the problems with De Palma's approach and trying something fresh, Peirce compounds them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2013
Peirce is gifted, but she lacks the ability of directors like DePalma to transform schlock into something deeply personal.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 18, 2013
The new Carrie isn't atrocious - just flat and uninspired and compromised by the kind of mindless teen-movie "humanism" that De Palma so punkishly spat on.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 18, 2013
Moore is terrifying as a guilt-addled true believer, and Moretz caresses her role when she gets the chance. And the hot topics do indeed remain hot.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 18, 2013
Nothing but a fancy bit of corporate Hollywood graverobbing - slipping into the copyright cemetery, digging up a generous loved one, and calmly stripping her of every bit of gold and silver they can pawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2013
Kimberly Peirce's new adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel is a grave but listless thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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William Goss
Film.com
October 17, 2013
Its bloodshed may be all dressed up, but it ultimately has nowhere to go.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
October 17, 2013
Kimberly Peirce's remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie isn't a total fiasco like Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, but it's equally gratuitous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 17, 2013
With nothing new to offer, "Carrie" is reduced to attempting the impossible: repeating De Palma's long, tense buildup to Carrie's prom, one of the most stylishly executed horror-film sequences in history.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 17, 2013
Literally a pallid imitation of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2013
She blows stuff up real good, in a way that would make the devil - or Bruce Willis - proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
October 17, 2013
What's scariest about Carrie in 2013 isn't that this wounded teenage girl has the power to kill -- it's that there are thousands of girls like her with no power at all.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 17, 2013
The results are distressingly anemic, pig blood and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2013
A well-made, highly satisfying and not particularly deep high school revenge movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 17, 2013
If you're going to take another stab at this tale of a taunted, traumatized teen who exacts fiery revenge on, well, everyone, then Kimberly Peirce is the director to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 17, 2013
Ms. Peirce plays up the story's religious themes and Carrie's burgeoning power as she discovers her telekinetic gifts, even as the dread of the female body that deepens Mr. De Palma's version somehow goes missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 17, 2013
It's like going to prom with somebody you like, not somebody you love.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 17, 2013
Rather than offering new blood, Carrie is a purely cosmetic revamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2013
"Carrie" should have delivered more with the material in the filmmaker's feminist hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 17, 2013
Man, what a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 17, 2013
Recent events - the Columbine massacre and the news, just this week, that a young Florida girl killed herself after being taunted by bullies who allegedly boasted about it online - have added resonance to the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2013
A work of smooth confidence and a humane, dimensionally human brand of horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 17, 2013
The new movie won't overshadow the superior original, but that was never the point. On its own merit, "Carrie" is a bloody good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
October 17, 2013
Buying that this girl would have trouble making friends, or snagging a genuine date to the dance, is even harder than pretending that a pair of glasses makes Rachael Leigh Cook look undesirable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
October 17, 2013
More effective and less overblown than many unnecessary horror remakes, but it can't compare with the original.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 17, 2013
It doesn't do anything strikingly wrong; it's just unnecessary.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 17, 2013
Slight, unessential but still effective ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 17, 2013
What's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
October 17, 2013
Peirce's film works for a considerable stretch as a derivative but impressively coherent vision.
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Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
October 17, 2013
For all its cheesy '70s vibe, De Palma's movie far better captured the primal, almost "Lord of the Flies" nature of the high school experience, the sheer terror of being a social outcast. That's what really gave the "Carrie" myth such staying power ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 17, 2013
It speaks well to the talents of Peirce and her cast that, in this "Carrie," you find yourself caught up in the story once more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4