Carrie

2013

Carrie

Critics Consensus

It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce's "reimagining" of Brian De Palma's horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel -- and feels woefully unnecessary.

50%

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Total Count: 180

44%

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User Ratings: 82,043
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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. (c) Sony

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Cast

Chloë Grace Moretz
as Carrie White
Julianne Moore
as Margaret White
Gabriella Wilde
as Sue Snell
Alex Russell
as Billy Nolan
Ansel Elgort
as Tommy Ross
Portia Doubleday
as Chris Hargensen
Judy Greer
as Miss Desjardin
Barry Shabaka Henley
as Principal Morton
Arlene Mazerolle
as Miss Helen Finch
Evan Gilchrist
as Greg Delois
Eddie Max Huband
as Harry Trenant
Tyler Rushton
as Neighborhood Kid
Connor Price
as Freddy 'Beak' Holt
Jefferson Brown
as Mr. Ulmann
Cynthia Preston
as Eleanor Snell
Kyle Mac
as Kenny
Derek McGrath
as Head Commissioner
Christopher Britton
as Dr. Dean L. McDuffy
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (39)

  • Peirce wants to make a hit, and, even with source material this strange, it feels as though she has. But if so, that's all she has made.

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It looks uncannily at home in 2013.

    Nov 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This glossy modern horror refit is a pale shadow of Brian De Palma's seminal 1976 film.

    Nov 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The result is efficient, but only tentatively updated to the digital age of cyberbullying and social media, and it is strangely pointless.

    Nov 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Chloe Moretz is unnervingly talented, but Carrie is not a role she was born to play. She hasn't a victim's bone in her body and fluffs the early scenes.

    Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It is a timeless thing for all of us, the ritual of high-school expectation and heartache. Once again, as it did nearly 40 years ago, Carrie turns it into an experience of biblical proportions.

    Oct 22, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carrie

  • Jun 22, 2016
    This was a decent adaptation to Stephen King's novel (where the story comes from). While it does not touch on important plot points in the novel, it still is effective in its story of an outsider girl with special powers. It was nice to see the film explore more into Carrie realizing her powers than the original one. Also, Moretz is actually a teenager (like Carrie) in this film. In the previous version, Sissy Spacek was in her mid-20s when she shot the film. Not the best Stephen King adaptation and only a decent re-make.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2014
    It's been 40 years since Stephen King published his first novel. Over the proceeding decades we would see an onslaught of King's work translated to the big screen, some with great results and the others resulting in garbage, but that's the way it is with a body of work that is continuously wanted by an eager public. This is the third time that the first novel by King has been presented, the first being Brian DePalma's early classic that exhibits all that DePalma was to be, good or bad, and starred and excellent Sissy Spacek as the title character. There was a sequel somewhere, a TV remake (neither of which I can comment on because why should we bother). This newest version comes to us from director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), bringing us an examination of a scared, uninitiated high school girl from an actual woman. Who would have thought... The story is the same. Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) has lived a sheltered life with her mother (Julianne Moore), a religious zealot trying to make amends with what she considers a hedonistic past. As always, this goes great for a senior in high school who becomes a woman in the middle of gym class. a guilt ridden fellow student decides to have her boyfriend take Carrie to the prom to make amends, but other students aren't as guilty as she. If you have seen any other the previous incarnations, you know the rest. The film is your basic rehash of the original film and book. There is nothing new here. It's the same animal as 40 years ago. The big finish is epic and satisfying, but the ending leaves something to be desired, almost taking a twist into action overload Michael Bay territory. This is where the original film has the advantage over this new model. The ending here is just to much for a film such as this. It just doesn't gel with the rest of the film. As always, remakes are remakes and Hollywood still tries to milk an old franchise for all its worth. Carrie is a simple rehash that isn't even twisted around a bit to bring us something new. Unless you're viewing this for free, skip it. You've seen the original. Go find a nice independent film or documentary. Experience something new.
    Chris G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2014
    Sticks so closely to the original film that it renders itself pointless.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2014
    Decent at best. Had me interested until the last 10-15 minutes, which sucked. Julianne Moore nearly ruins the film. She's so annoying and her character is absolutely extraneous. Film does a good job of making Carrie sympathetic. We can all relate to the turmoils of being a teenager in high school.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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