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TV Guide
September 25, 2007
The film has a strikingly unsettling mood that enhances its power and gives it an impact that the story would otherwise lack. Much of the credit, though, must go to Spacek, who so convincingly portrays Carrie's pain and her longing for acceptance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
This 1976 thriller, about a high school outcast (Sissy Spacek) who uses her telekinetic powers to massacre the graduating class, contains a number of interesting ideas. But as with most of his films, De Palma can't keep track of them.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 15, 2007
The bulk of "Carrie" is not a gore-fest, but a prescient tone poem about the mental torture of social outcasts in high school halls in the pre-Columbine era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 25, 2006
Carrie might be a film about high school, but it was perhaps Brian De Palma's first completely mature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
May 30, 2006
De Palma's Gothic thriller is at once trashy and lyrical, a nasty revenge story in which its misfit-Cinederella-like heroine (an exquisite Sissy Spacek) discovers her sexuality under the most terrifying conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The fierce sympathy it extends to its unfashionable central character puts the film a million miles above the contemporary line in sick exploitation.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 24, 2006
A total knockout. Piper Laurie gives a bravura performance as Carrie's religious fanatic mother, one of the creepiest movie characters ever.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Eder
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It is sometimes funny in a puzzling kind of way, it is generally overwrought in an irritating kind of way, and once in a while it is inappropriately touching.
Brian Juergens
Bloody Disgusting
March 31, 2005
A nearly perfect film. The combination of pathos, shocks, and grand guignol excess is orchestrated with jaw-dropping precision by young Depalma, whose later films would pale by comparison.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Barbara Thomas
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 6, 2005
Young director Brian DePalma is fast making his reputation in the genre of the suspense-horror film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Brian De Palma's Carrie is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that's the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in Jaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Szymanski
February 27, 2004
Pure squeamish horror!
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 29, 2003
De Palma's masterpiece of pure cinema is the unsung Great American Film of the 1970s.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
De Palma's classic creep show has dark undertones about the nastiness of teen spirit, emergent female sexuality, and rabid Christianity.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 6, 2002
Here -- as in perhaps no other film -- De Palma's non-stop stylistic flourishes completely complement and enhance the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 27, 2002
It's a simple tale, told briskly and effectively by director Brian DePalma.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This horror classic might be the ultimate teen angst flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 10, 2001
...suspenseful, scary, and humorously cunning by turns, it boasts superb acting, excellent pacing, good production values, and...a thought-provoking premise.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 28, 2001
Horror in the classic sense, horror that builds rather than constantly shocking, horror that works so well we don't need a guts and gore booster-shot every two minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 83/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 21, 2001
King's pulp-gothic imagination was perfectly realized on-screen in De Palma's Hitchcock-influenced manipulative camerawork
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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