Critic Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.
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Critic Reviews for Carrie
With each new movie, [De Palma] comes closer to mastering Hitchcock's trademark of teasing suspense and tongue-in-cheek horror.
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.
An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.
Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.
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.
Audience Reviews for Carrie
From the first scene in the girl's shower (and who's watching that, huh?) Brian DePalma essentially nails Stephen King's first book, and it all seems so obvious now that a story about high school might naturally also be about horror as well. Everybody's good in this, even John ("... is the camera on me") Travolta. But Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek shine like flash cameras on steroids, and their scenes together are as psychologically terrible as any slasher movie ever.
De Palma surprises us with his splendid choice of making a very delicate and emotionally resonant drama from King's novel (with a magnificent direction, even if not so well edited), and he leaves the horror only for the tragic climactic explosion of blood and fury in the end.
One of the best horror films out there to date! Although "Carrie" has a slow start and the first half is all build up, the pay-off is much more worth it than you would expect. As a teenage girl is bullied in her senior year, she discovers an odd ability she has to levitate and move certain things with her mind. It's less of a jerky horror flick than a bone-chilling creepy one. I felt myself gulping by the end of the film at how eerie they were able to pull off her abilities and how many symbolic moments came from this film. It may not have all the tense moments you want, but the last 25 minutes will absolutely blow your mind. The camera techniques are very questionable, but commendable, the editing is done perfectly, and this film could not have been directed better. "Carrie" is one of those rare treats that doesn't come around very often! Its terrific!