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Poltergeist Reviews

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January 30, 2018
Spielberg's intent may be satirical, but I find these stereotypes even more depressing than hobgoblins, and would not have minded if they'd all been dragged off into the fourth dimension.
December 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2007
Given the talents, Poltergeist is an annoying film because it could have been so much better.
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+
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
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
February 9, 2006
It is consistently redeemed by its creator's dazzling sense of craft.
September 11, 2013
Hooper and Spielberg have worked long and hard to bring the ghost story to its fullest potential. They have succeeded.
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
December 18, 2004
A classic horror film that still thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
May 4, 2005
Cut from the Spielberg mold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 4, 2004
One of the best horror flicks ever...bar none
| Original Score: 4/5
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-
October 25, 2014
One of the 1980s' most distinctive and important horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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