• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Kimberly Peirce
    In Theaters:
    Oct 18, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 14, 2014
  • Sony Pictures


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Carrie Reviews

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April 17, 2014
Il fallait oser faire un remake du superbe film de De Palma ! Rappelons quand même que cette première version bénéficie d'une photographie superbe, d'un casting incroyable (Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, et John Travolta !), de la musique de Pino Donaggio, et bien entendu des prises de vue de De Palma qui sont sublimes dans leur sensualité et leur étrangeté. L'atmosphère, pourvu qu'on est pas le feu aux fesses en regardant un film (sourire), est langoureuse et inquiétante. La mise en scène et le jeu d'acteurs pleins de subtilité. On n'est pas dans le cliché débile du film de vengeance, mais dans l'histoire d'une fille qui se découvre femme, indépendante, belle capable de séduire un homme. Le tout symbolisé (ou non, suivant l'interprétation qu'en aura chacun) par la découverte de ce pouvoir télékinésique. Or, le remake n'a hélas pas toutes ces qualités et cette finesse d'esprit. Cela dit, il explore autre chose, et plutôt avec talent. Les actrices se défendent, mais Julianne Moore n'a pas la force (à mon sens) de Piper Laurie, et bien sûr personne ne dégage le mystère et l'étrangeté du visage de Sissy Spacek. Donc, c'est autre chose. Mais dans le genre, plutôt pas mal. Je n'en dirai pas plus, laissant à chacun le soin de découvrir et d'interpréter.
November 14, 2013
durnos durnos bobos.. kvailas kvailas filmas.
April 15, 2014
The best 'smash-your-face-through-the-windshield' -scene ever!!
April 15, 2014
Completely superfluous remake. Just like all other recent remakes it "prides" itself with not being a remake but a re-imagining of the source material. However, it would have suited this film to have taken a few pages from de Palma's original as this is no more than a glorified teen drama complete with lousy acting, stereotypes, and as much bite as a newborn baby.
April 15, 2014
One can only wonder why they decided to remake Carrie without adding more meat to the story and acting. Moretz and Moore are better than anyone else in the film and a level above most hollywood acting. But both could deliver so much more had the film taken more chances.
People who doesn't know the 1976 version might find this an interesting film but they might still find it lacking bite.
October 16, 2012
My favourite author of all time is Stephen King, and of all his films I figured Carrie would be an easier film to remake than half of his other ones. And with Chloe Grace Moretz lined up in the title role and Julianne Moore in a supporting one, it sounded like something I couldn't miss

It doesn't take long before it is clear that Carrie is a bad movie.
One of the problems with Carrie is that Chloe Grace Moretz is a bit too attractive to be such an outcast. One of Carrie White's defining features is that she is an inept person who keeps to herself and has an appearance not considered all that attractive by the mainstream standard. Chloe Grace Moretz has the same basic look as every girl at her school and doesn't have any real features to define unattractive. Sissy Spacek isn't an unattractive woman, but when she took on the role the makeup really emphasised her pale white skin, rough hair which she used to block her face and her many freckles. Chloe Grace Moretz simply doesn't have qualities that suggest she is unattractive to others, and she talks too much in the film to be an introverted person when in the original Carrie she spoke much less because she was weakened by the force that the world had over her. But all in all I think the problem is that Chloe Grace Moretz is too well known to play a character that is a high school outcast since Carrie White is supposed to be the girl that nobody knows the name of, and anybody that does mocks her for it in some way. Too many people would know the name Chloe Grace Moretz and would associate her with playing
strong female figures to find her that convincing in the role of a social outcast and weak female character. Her performance is decent, but she simply isn't right for the role. She manages to have her moments but as a whole it just isn't easy to see her in the role and it isn't her finest effort as an actress. I didn't see her as Carrie White, I saw her as miscast. I didn't see that she was interacting with her telekinesis well, it seemed like she was just putting our her hands and pretending everything was happening, but not that well. As a whole, the film Carrie fails to characterise its titular character well at all which dooms it from the start, and it doesn't give Chloe Grace Moretz good material to work with. She has her moments, but as a whole the effect is minimal because the horror theme is not there when she unleashes her fury. I wasn't shocked to find Chloe Grace Moretz turning so dark and obsessed with her power because I could believe she would do it, and in comparison to the disbelief that Sissy Spacek put into the role, she simply wallows in comparison.
The majority of the cast are in pretty poor form in Carrie. Practically everyone is a bunch of no-named teenager who couldn't act their way through a Uwe Boll movie, and in Carrie they essentially all disappoint. I can't isolate any names specifically because its not worth going to the effort for them, but every single teenage character in Carrie aside from Chloe Grace Moretz is a generic and untalented actor with nothing to boast about them which is why you've never heard of any of them and most likely will never hear of them again. That would be best and I hope never to have to experience watching any of them act again because they just got really annoying really fast without a hint of wit or talent.
Judy Greer never really gets her role just right. Though she gets a fair bit of screen time, it is all a waste because she doesn't sink into the convincing nature of a school teacher and her delivery of lines feels way too forced. She is clearly not a teacher because a teacher would never use the word sh*tty at a mainstream school which is one of the first she uses, and she fails to capture the forceful authority attitude that comes with being a teacher. They say that those who cannot do, teach. And those who cannot teach, teach gym. Judy Greer is not a doer and cannot play a gym teacher. I don't know the exact way to word that, but it just goes to show what she cannot do.
Julianne Moore is the only cast member that stands alive in Carrie. While her screen time is minimal and she wallows in comparison to Piper Laurie's performance in the same role, Julianne Moore's natural skill as an actress make her one of the better members of the cast in Carrie. Her religious aggression and its effect on Carrie White are a bit too downplayed for the role to actually be any good, but Julianne Moore's routine effort is still superior to practically the rest of the cast. She doesn't get any real opportunities in Carrie which is a shame because she is a skillful actress, but all in all she is OK.
Riding a mostly ineffective cast, Carrie has a serious flaw to it. But Kimberly Pierce's lack of understanding what the novel's importance was really about and inability to introduce anything new to the film that hasn't already been seen just goes to show how unnecessary this remake or "reimagining" of the original was.Frankly, I would have enjoyed Carrie if it was just like the original but with updated situations and better visual effects, but the fact that she ignores the importance of Stephen King's writing just goes to show that she is far from a good idea for the director of Carrie and should stick to the more low profile material she proved to be better at when she directed Boys Don't Cry. She simply cannot work with material like this.
The themes in the remake of Carrie put more emphasis on the negativity of over-parenting as a whole than just on the relationship between excessively overbearing mother Margaret White, as well as the negativity of bullying. But it's just the exact same crap that high school lectures made me sit through for many years again and again, so the film essentially smashes viewers of the head with its messages at a repetitive rate the entire time. For f*cks sake Hollywood, I get it. Bullying is bad. If you could stop telling me that again and again and doing it with crappy films like this one, that would be great.
Carrie doesn't examine the horror element that comes with having telekinesis like Stephen King intended and instead characterises the element in an X-Men style fashion by showing her using the powers for casual purposes. And when she does, it isn't dramatized well at all. It doesn't feel thrilling, it feels somewhat natural. And it is never natural for a teenage girl to be able to pick things up with the power of her mind, so it shouldn't feel normal to viewers. And the prom scene feels more like a rave party than an actual moment of sophisticated joy which is what a formal event like that is truly about. It did not feel like a prom or like it did in the original Carrie. It was all very unconvincing.
Also, one of the most iconic elements about the original Carrie was its use of blood, gore and nudity. While the blood quantity is OK, there isn't really all that much to create the visual shock of the original. And there is literally no nudity which makes the film feel tame and ignores the glamourisation of youth which was captured in the original and then used as a contrast to the negative elements of cruel teenagers. Frankly, nothing in Carrie feels effective and it is a terrible film.

Carrie is all in all one of the significantly lesser adaptations of a Stephen King story and falters in comparison to the original due to lacklustre direction from Kimberly Pierce and indifferent acting.
April 15, 2014
Esperaba mas de esta versión, es solo un Remake moderno, incluye algunas cosas del libro que no tuvo la versión de DePalma pero también contiene cosas que no tienen nada que ver con la historia original, esperaba algo mejor. ¿Es entretenida? Si, pero deja mucho que desear a todos los fans del libro.
April 14, 2014
I've never seen the original, but from what I saw in this remake, the story is actually quite substantial, if too slow paced. It's an interesting story tying forgiveness and the supernatural. The problem in the "update for the 21st century" is it focuses too much on the spectacle of "being young" vs the characterization. At an R rating, it is also quite soft, not really going for much gore and instead favouring endless scenes needed to be fast forwarded to still keep it on pace.
April 14, 2014
It was a really good movie.
April 13, 2014
I wouldn't even categorize this as a "horror" film- only about the last 20-30 minutes are horror-worthy. Great acting, but the movie spends too much time building up the plot towards the climax.
April 13, 2014
A most excellent re-imagining of the King story. The major difference (and what sets the film apart from the 70s original) is that Carrie is shown working to develop her powers and is much less naive overall. This casts her as more morally ambiguous, and adds depth to the character.
April 13, 2014
Although it feels like a scene by scene remake most of the time, the films feels like it is missing something. Watching Chloe Grace at times does feel like you're watching a very bad superhero movie.
Just James
April 2, 2014
The film opens with a woman screaming bloody murder, as the camera pans up the stairs a woman's broken water trickles down the stairs, then you see Margaret White covered in blood praying for forgiveness as she gives birth to a baby, in which she attempts to murder with a pair of scissors. With an opening like that you know you are in for a bloody ride and a heavy one at that. You just can't please anyone with remakes, except me. Carrie is one of the finest horror remakes, and also a big job for Director Kimberley Pierce to revamp the iconic classic, but she's done fantastically making you feel for Carrie, and Pierce stages elements of horror and power superbly never indulging in cliches or CGI overload. Chloe Grace Moretz is tremendous as the lonely and isolated Carrie who discovers she has telekinetic powers, but with the overbearing nature of her bible bashing mother and high school bullies she is by definition pushed to the absolute limit, and unleashes her powers. The prom scene ignites onto the screen in a mass of blazing carnage and glory, every camera shot looks incredible, and Moretz snarls and quivers as she destroys anything in her wake, you see the gory damage and detail and bones breaking. I was jaw dropped and amazed at the visuals and gore, payback here is a beautiful thing and it's delivered without mercy, you feel good for Carrie as she gets her own back. Julianne Moore is terrifically terrifying as Carrie's mother, she is a natural, it's a brilliant portrayal of madness. Gabriella Wilde nails it as Sue Snell who regrets her actions, as does Ansel Engort, these two play the sweeter characters well. Judy Greer dishes out some great one liners and I loved her sassy gym teacher performance. Portia Doubleday is awesome as the incredibly mean bully Chris Hargensen, she alone pushes Carrie over the edge, Doubleday grits her teeth and scowls with intensity! This outstanding cast up their game even more when the prom sequence explodes, this film roars to life and at times gets unbearable to watch, especially the knife slashing ending, that's the sign of impact and effectiveness. I highly recommend this, a true horror remake that stays honourable to the original yet adds a modern feel to it alongside Pierce's intensely head spinning direction.
October 22, 2012
Great acting and directing, enhancements to the story and modern setting, and some of the most intense moments in a movie I've seen in awhile (the ending is fantastic) Carrie is a phenomenal improvement on the classic.
April 12, 2014
First off, let me start out by saying this isn't a terrible movie. It certainly is not one of the worst horror movie remakes out there, but I can't help but feel disappointed from the 2013 version of Carrie. First off, this movie does not really add anything new to the mix. It's basically a copy of the original 1976 film, just with a modern setting. I generally am less critical of remakes than most, so the fact that I didn't like this should indicate that it just wasn't that good. I found myself bored throughout a lot of the movie. I've already seen the original, so why do I need to pay to see the exact movie again? Overall, this wasn't a terrible film, but cannot even remotely compare to the original. Those that haven't seen the first film might very well enjoy it, but for those who have, you most likely will leave the theater disappointed. This remake was completely unnecessary, and adds absolutely nothing to the mix. If you've seen the original, then you've basically seen this as it's a hollow copy of it.
Luke R.
April 11, 2014
Carrie (Moretz) is bullied by her classmates. To quote the school (it seems) "Carrie White Eats Shit". Back at home, her mother (Moore) is abusive and obsessed with her religion, an obsession she pushes onto Carrie also. After a harrowing event when she has her first period, one of her bullies, Sue Snell (Wilde) realises things have gone too far, and with her boyfriend, sets out to make amends. However, in the height of emotion Carrie has discovered she has power, a lot of power. Power that's liable to be devastating if she's pushed too far.

First off, Moretz was a mistake for the film. Having not seen the original but having seen clips it does look more well cast in terms of the lead. Now, Moertz is one of my favourite actresses, and she plays the part superbly. BUT! There is no way a girl as attractive as her would be bullied in that way. Standing out from all her peers in the film as the most gorgeous cast member means that this film makes little sense. However, as I say, she is sublime. The prom is brilliant, the ending superb and the alternate ending worth catching if you pick up the blu ray.

The film was really fun! And if you can get over the minor hitch of the lead, it's a thriller well worth seeing! Being a big Stephen King fan I love it when his films are adapted into cinema, and hope that as Carrie was his first novel, so will Carrie be the first in a tsunami of new King adaptations hitting the screen! 8/10
January 19, 2014
The execution is lackluster. There is little character development, making the climax have little impact. It could have been a good movie if they slowed the plot and let the characters be fleshed out more.
April 11, 2014

- 'Carrie' by director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) is a 2013 remake of the supernatural horror film from 1976 film by Brian De Palma (Scarface) based on the popular novel by Stephen King. The storyline is almost similar as the original movie, in the end there were some minor differences. It's about a shy girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. I must confess I don't really get why this film 'needed' a remake. Not that it is bad. Although I like Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass movies), she wasn't as powerful as the amazing Sissy Spacek. The atmosphere isn't as creepy or dark as the 1976 film. Nice try though. Also starring is Julianne Moore (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Hours), Judy Greer (Arrested Development, 30 going on 13) and Portia Doubleday (Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son).

Carrie White (Moretz) is a lonely, shy girl, who gets picked on in school. After gym class she freaks out in the shower room as she has her first menstrual period. All the other girls ridicule her and start throwing tampons. Leader of the bullies is Chris Hargensen (Doubleday) who films the whole thing with her Smartphone so she can put it online for everyone to see. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) intervenes and makes the girls pay with a intensive boot camp detention. Whoever doesn't cooperate will be suspended and banned from the school Prom.
With puberty coming late, Carrie discovers another thing: she has telekinetic powers. An while se faces her highly religious mother Margareth (Moore), who demands she asks forgiveness to God for the blood sin she has received, classmate Sue Snell, who feels guilty about making fun of Carrie, asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to take Carrie to the prom. He agrees. After really pushing through, Carrie accepts his invitation. But on Prom Night, Carrie's fairytale dream will be shuttered by a vengeful Chris, who got banned by Miss Desjardin. There will be blood...
Scrat on Speed
April 11, 2014
I was pretty excited for this movie. I love Chloe Grace Moretz (Movie 43), and I thought she would do the titular role justice, while still respecting Sissy Spacek's original interpretation. I've never been a big fan of Stephen King's ("Under the Dome") novels or the cinematic adaptations thereof, but this one showed promise. With the overrated Julianne Moore (Don Jon), the undervalued Judy Greer ("Archer"), and a gaggle of younger up-and-coming actors like Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt) on board, it looked like it could have some merits. However, it only hits its mark sporadically. Moretz has got the chops to pull off her character, but she's never really given enough to work with. Moore definitely plays crazy well, and Greer and the younger girls give believable performances. Yet it never really comes together. It plays a little too close to the original, despite a 21st-centry upgrade. It's passable, and certainly isn't the worst remake out there, but it's a little disappointing when you want to really like it, but only end up indifferent.
April 11, 2014
better than I thought it would be
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