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Carrie Reviews

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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
There is little suspense or dramatic tension; everything plays out like bad melodrama or cheap exploitation.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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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.
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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.
Clancy Sigel
The Spectator
September 27, 2015
Carrie won't add much to your life -- but it will scare you, not least about your friends and neighbours.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
November 3, 2015
With each new movie, [De Palma] comes closer to mastering Hitchcock's trademark of teasing suspense and tongue-in-cheek horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
October 29, 2012
Carrie is one of the most heart-breaking and cringe-worthy high school dramas ever made, and that's before she even gets to her apocalyptic revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 4, 2011
More superpowers from Brian De Palma, this time in high school, in a screen version of a Stephen King novel that's become a horror classic.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
Brian De Palma's modern gothic fairy tale, based on Stephen King's bestseller, offers a tense and lyrical web of emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Michael Szymanski
February 27, 2004
Pure squeamish horror!
| Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
October 27, 2013
Stephen King's book outlines a world ringed with abuse, Brian De Palma visualizes it with vast amounts of pervy humor and ominous effulgence
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas CityLife
November 19, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It's high time for the young generation of filmgoers to stop throwing their money [away] and see what a real horror movie is.
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