Sep 5, 2019
It opens with an insidiously brilliant update of Psycho's shower scene and ends with a jump scare that Hitchcock would have envied; in between, it's merely the tenderest and most affecting movie ever made out of one of King's novels.
Dec 12, 2017
Carrie's climactic empowerment is all at once the tragedy and triumph of a young woman trapped between Biblical regression and a secular coming-out.
Nov 3, 2015
With each new movie, [De Palma] comes closer to mastering Hitchcock's trademark of teasing suspense and tongue-in-cheek horror.
Jun 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.
Oct 13, 2008
An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.
Oct 7, 2008
Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.
Sep 25, 2007
The reason Carrie is still held in such high regard as a horror classic is very simple: it's all in the sheer directorial bravado. De Palma at the top of his game.
Sep 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.
Aug 25, 2006
Carrie might be a film about high school, but it was perhaps Brian De Palma's first completely mature film.
Feb 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.
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.
Mar 6, 2005
Young director Brian DePalma is fast making his reputation in the genre of the suspense-horror film.
Oct 23, 2004
Brian De Palma's Carrie is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie... It's also (and this is what makes it so good) an observant human portrait.
Mar 10, 2003
De Palma's classic creep show has dark undertones about the nastiness of teen spirit, emergent female sexuality, and rabid Christianity.
Apr 17, 2001
Unlike other examples of the horror genre, there are classic elements of tragedy that lend this gruesome tale a compelling edge.