Poltergeist Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
One of the 1980s' most distinctive and important horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 7, 2014
The buildup is slow and deliberate, creating a vivid sense of love and warmth within the family who share the harrowing adventure.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
September 11, 2013
Hooper's direction may lack its usual edgy personality -- apparently over-ruled by Spielberg's script suggestions -- but he puts on a dazzling show, and the intuitive performances are uniformly on the panic button.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
September 11, 2013
Hooper and Spielberg have worked long and hard to bring the ghost story to its fullest potential. They have succeeded.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
June 29, 2013
"Poltergeist" is a lot more dedicated to its cause than most viewers today are probably used to. It builds to something of value. That may not make it the most profound film of its genre by any stretch, but it does make it one of the most memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 19, 2013
Spielberg, here credited as producer as co-writer, shows the other (darker) side of suburbia in this horror film, made in the same year as the superior E.T.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page
June 8, 2012
Thanks to Poltergeist, more than a few of us still sleep with the lights on: the world has changed, but our closets haven't.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
A frightening, supernatural horror film that defined a generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
June 1, 2011
The film delivers honest special-effects shocks without forfeiting its good nature.
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 18, 2010
...a compelling and consistently creepy piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 22, 2009
Spielberg clockwork: great suburbs, great special effects, great abuse of an expositive score, great overuse of the slow push-in, great hot mom, great irrelevant dad, great plucky little kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 11, 2008
Think of it more as a fun-ride than a horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Twenty-five years on, the film is still looking remarkably good %u2013 and, I'm betting sales of clown dolls have never quite recovered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 23, 2007
After a quarter-century, Poltergeist remains one of the most popular movies whose reputation rests almost exclusively on behind-the-scenes diversions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 18, 2007
It's a highly effective and uncommonly emotional horror film, and in the summer of 1982, I preferred it to Spielberg's more universally admired E.T.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
October 12, 2007
So darn good it makes me wish Spielberg hadn't given up on the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film4
September 25, 2007
At first this takes the form of your classic poltergeist activity (moved furniture, that kind of thing), but it becomes weirder.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 25, 2007
A surprisingly yet successfully restrained lesson in how to haunt a house.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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