Critic Consensus: Paying competent homage without adding anything of real value to the original Poltergeist, this remake proves just as ephemeral (but half as haunting) as its titular spirit.
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Critic Reviews for Poltergeist
Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough.
For about 20 minutes, Poltergeist gave you the feeling that you're in for a fun time. But fun turned into routine way too fast.
A supernatural horror movie that will move your pulse in places but do little to nudge your soul.
Gil Kenan's new version keeps details of the original story, but it is unable to provide a new mythology. [full review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for Poltergeist
Perhaps the biggest disappointment this year. I was a HUGE fan of the original and part of it's appeal was the sense of love that the family had for each-other. Mother & daughter in particular. While this version starts out feeling like a comparable homage...it has none of the heart or soul that the first one had. Not to mention the fact that there was little to no build up to the daughters abduction. I left the theater angry because the potential was there.
I can't see any homage in this painfully derivative movie that reuses the worst clichés of the genre, with a lazy script that has no shame to come up with the most ridiculous "explanation" ever (drawn on paper, to appear more "scientific") for a supernatural phenomenon.
Almost thirty years since the last ?Poltergeist? film was released, like any classic horror film, here comes the remake whether you asked for it or not. ?Poltergeist (2015)? was definitely not asked for, however, before I go off on a tangent and rip it apart, there are a few positives to take away here. Sam Rockwell as the father does a tremendous job holding your attention in the moments that you seem to not care about, and that impressed me. Although the film does have much more CGI effects than it should, there are a few nice practically done moments that paid homage to the original films. Sadly, there not many more positives. The actors portraying the children are laughably wooden at times, the events all feel forced just to show ?the other side,? and the classic beats are completely replicated here, so much so to the point that you just feel like saying, ?what was the point, really?? Overall, ?Poltergeist (2015)? is an updated replica of the original 1982 horror classic that has a lazy script, an uninterested cast, and an uninteresting premise that brings nothing new to the table. I would recommend this film to fans of the original who want another dose, or to those who have no idea what these films are about. Other than that, stay far away. It is definitely not a film you will be remembering.
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