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Poltergeist Reviews

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April 26, 2018
[It] raises interesting psychological issues in the context of a baroque ghost story. It's a devastating commentary on the tv-oriented suburban lifestyle. Finally, it demonstrates the power and efficacy of the story told from the child's point of view.
October 25, 2014
One of the 1980s' most distinctive and important horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
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
September 11, 2013
Hooper and Spielberg have worked long and hard to bring the ghost story to its fullest potential. They have succeeded.
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
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-
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-
August 15, 2011
A frightening, supernatural horror film that defined a generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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June 1, 2011
The film delivers honest special-effects shocks without forfeiting its good nature.
January 2, 2011
One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 18, 2010
...a compelling and consistently creepy piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 11, 2008
Think of it more as a fun-ride than a horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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
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.
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
September 25, 2007
At first this takes the form of your classic poltergeist activity (moved furniture, that kind of thing), but it becomes weirder.
September 25, 2007
A surprisingly yet successfully restrained lesson in how to haunt a house.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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