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Misery Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Reiner seems to have been gambling very heavily on Kathy Bates's performance to set this film apart and make it a Reiner film. Bates was good but not that good.
Full Review | Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 3, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A weak handshake of a movie, it is slightly repellent -- hardly gripping, much less knuckle-whitening.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Misery is a blunt instrument that fractures the kneecaps more often than it tickles the funnybone.
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
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Colette Maude
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Reiner captures just the right level of physical tension, but for the most part wisely emphasises the mental duels. Terrific.
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A quality film of suspense and manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is a good story, a natural, and it grabs us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 23, 2003
Will scare the bejeebers out of you!
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
A stunning, harsh drama that lingers in the memory because of its cruel strokes.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
Caan and Bates are nothing short of hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006
Sweat-inducing suspense thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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
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Variety Staff
September 25, 2007
Bates has a field day with her role, creating a quirky, memorable object of hate.
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