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Poltergeist Reviews

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TV Guide
September 25, 2007
A vapid, silly horror movie with occasional moments of promise that ultimately fails due to an overdose of cuteness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
Though the shocks are well conveyed, it's the sweetness that lingers, making this the first cute and cuddly entry in the genre.
Top Critic
David Pirie
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It is consistently redeemed by its creator's dazzling sense of craft.
Kevin A. Ranson
November 9, 2005
Pull your face off and wallow in the creepy goodness.
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
October 1, 2005
Hooper's skill with gore combined with Spielberg's ability to sanitize anything into family-friendliness makes Poltergeist a smash horror hit -- and it's rated PG.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 20, 2005
That it's all hokum gets washed aside by the believable and perceptive family value story set in bland suburbia.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Cut from the Spielberg mold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 25, 2005
J'aurais préféré voir quelque chose de plus sombre et de plus sérieux. Dommage.
| Original Score: C+
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 18, 2004
A classic horror film that still thrills.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Hooper and Spielberg hold our interest by observing the everyday rituals of this family so closely that, since the family seems real, the weird events take on a certain credibility by association.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 19, 2004
Good 1980s horror.
| Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Pratt
October 14, 2004
Repeat viewings are best spread out over time and the film's internal logic doesn't entirely hold up, but if you just accept the action for the rollercoaster ride it is, it can be fairly satisfying
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
March 4, 2004
One of the best horror flicks ever...bar none
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 4, 2004
Poltergeist delivers real punch in its depiction of a family's struggle against forces they cannot understand or manipulate.
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Poltergeist is like a thoroughly enjoyable nightmare, one that you know that you can always wake up from, and one in which, at the end, no one has permanently been damaged. It's also witty in a fashion that Alfred Hitchcock might have appreciated.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 24, 2003
The cold-hand of Spielberg lies on every frame.
| Original Score: 2/5
April 6, 2003
Still scary - a classic!
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Poltergeist works -- and works extraordinarily well -- because it shows us the horrors of beyond coming to haunt us not in a moldering house on a hill or a grimy dungeon but rather in a gleaming, modern, comfortable suburban housing development.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 26, 2002
Spielberg said this was a product of his nightmares. The first time I saw it I was 12. Ever since, Spielberg's nigtmares have been my own. A horror classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Poltergeist (1982) is a memorable supernatural horror film from co-producer/co-writer Steven Spielberg and director Tobe Hopper..
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