Misery Reviews

Page 1 of 4
John Wooley
Tulsa World
October 14, 2014
Among other things, Misery emerges as a great picture of fan obsession, and of that curious mix of hero-worship and hero-bashing personified in supermarket tabloids and trash TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 2013
Bates turns Wilkes into the nastiest nurse to reach the screen since Louise Fletcher tormented Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 12, 2013
Caan and Bates capture the movie's roguish spirit perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 12, 2013
This all would have been perfect for a half-hour TV show or one of those horror anthology films. As it is, even the resourceful Reiner and Goldman are hard put to keep things going until the inevitable final clash.
Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2013
Misery should be a big hit. It deserves to be.

Total Film
August 12, 2013
It's Kathy Bates' Oscar-winning turn as a smiling psychopath that still provides the film's cold, cold heart and makes for one of cinema's greatest, friendliest, monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 12, 2013
Unfortunately, what could have been a seamless psychological thriller is interrupted by violence that's as gratuitous as it is sadistic.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2013
Like any good work of popular culture, Rob Reiner's film of Stephen King's best-selling book Misery functions on more than one level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A quality film of suspense and manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 7, 2010
Like Stand By Me, Misery can't help but broaden the audience for movies based on Stephen King's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 27, 2009
Director Rob Reiner creates an atmosphere of tense horror wrapped around rich dialogue ("Cockadoodie dirty birdie!"), and in the process, he gets sterling performances from Caan and Bates.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
September 8, 2009
Kathy Bates brilliantly portrays Annie as someone with absolutely no sense of her own monstrosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 14, 2008
Popular moviemaking -- elegantly economical, artlessly artful -- doesn't get much better than this.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 8, 2007
Except for the flat, compromised ending, Reiner's smooth direction and Goldman's nicely structured script make this version of King's novella enjoyable as a horror flick and psychological thriller, not to mention Kathy Bates' superb turn as the wacko fan
| Original Score: B+

Film4
September 25, 2007
The dark duet between Paul and the frankly psychopathic Annie is played to tense perfection.
Philip Thomas
Empire Magazine
September 25, 2007
From start to harrowing finish, it is blissfully apparent that Rob Reiner can indeed turn his hand to virtually anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 25, 2007
Director Rob Reiner is clearly more comfortable with the humor and humanity than the gory horror in King's grisly tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
September 25, 2007
Bates has a field day with her role, creating a quirky, memorable object of hate.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
A skillfully pared-down (if psychologically thin) horror thriller.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 30, 2007
Rob Reiner builds Stephen King's tale with clean, effortless strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Page 1 of 4