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Carrie Reviews

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September 25, 2007
Carrie rivals The Shining for the title of greatest ever Stephen King adaptation.
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
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.
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
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
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-
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.
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
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.
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
March 6, 2005
Young director Brian DePalma is fast making his reputation in the genre of the suspense-horror film.
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
February 27, 2004
Pure squeamish horror!
| Original Score: 5/5
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
March 10, 2003
De Palma's classic creep show has dark undertones about the nastiness of teen spirit, emergent female sexuality, and rabid Christianity.
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
September 27, 2002
It's a simple tale, told briskly and effectively by director Brian DePalma.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2002
This horror classic might be the ultimate teen angst flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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