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Poltergeist Reviews

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.
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June 1, 2011
The film delivers honest special-effects shocks without forfeiting its good nature.
September 25, 2007
Given the talents, Poltergeist is an annoying film because it could have been so much better.
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.
February 9, 2006
It is consistently redeemed by its creator's dazzling sense of craft.
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.
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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.