Carrie Reviews

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October 9, 2012
Brian De Palma transcends the pulpy horror feel by emphasising the awakening-sexuality metaphor, and using some glorious trickery.
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.
January 1, 2011
Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
August 2, 2009
I might be the only person in the world who thinks Brian De Palma's 1976 classic thriller Carrie (now out on DVD) is one of the most overrated, disappointing horror films of all time, but I stand behind my review, and I swear I can knock down just about a
October 13, 2008
An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.
October 7, 2008
Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.
June 18, 2008
... [O]ne of the best horror films of the 1970s.
February 10, 2008
The first big hit directed by Brian De Palma.
September 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.
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.
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.
August 25, 2006
Carrie might be a film about high school, but it was perhaps Brian De Palma's first completely mature film.
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.
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.
October 10, 2005
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.
March 6, 2005
Young director Brian DePalma is fast making his reputation in the genre of the suspense-horror film.
December 27, 2004
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