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Poltergeist Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 9, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
September 25, 2007
Given the talents, Poltergeist is an annoying film because it could have been so much better.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
February 25, 2005
J'aurais préféré voir quelque chose de plus sombre et de plus sérieux. Dommage.
| Original Score: C+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 24, 2003
The cold-hand of Spielberg lies on every frame.
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
This is a film that tends to annoy, as if it had been more taut and consistent, it could have been far more exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

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
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David Pirie
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It is consistently redeemed by its creator's dazzling sense of craft.
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.
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
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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
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
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 18, 2004
A classic horror film that still thrills.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Scott Weinberg
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Cut from the Spielberg mold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Clint Morris
March 4, 2004
One of the best horror flicks ever...bar none
| Original Score: 4/5
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-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
One of the 1980s' most distinctive and important horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
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