Carrie (2013)

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Critic 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.

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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
Rating: R (for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa , Lawrence D. Cohen
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

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
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Carrie White
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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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

The movie is very good, both as a first-order viewing experience and as a contemporary gloss on Brian De Palma's classic 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's novel.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Rather than fixing some of the problems with De Palma's approach and trying something fresh, Peirce compounds them.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
ReelViews
Top Critic

Peirce is gifted, but she lacks the ability of directors like DePalma to transform schlock into something deeply personal.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Carrie

Unnecessary remake that is still somewhat entertaining during the set-up but totally falls apart during the infamous prom scene. Even the great Chloe Moretz feels oddly out of place channeling X-Men gestures as she is laying waste to the small town. There is nothing scary about this film except for her mother's religious fanaticism. And the final anti-mobbing statement feels really dumb.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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 Garman
Chris Garman

The second time I have seen this 70's classic remade, and the second time I wish they had left it alone. Like Angela Bettis before her, Chloe Grace Moretz is a good actress, but she's not Carrie. For a start, she is too pretty. Even at the beginning, with her hair scraped back, she is not an outsider. Sissy Spacek, while attractive in a strange way, also had an eerie quality to her which made it apparent why kids would pick on her. I believe in the original, the taunting kid on the bike calls her "creepy Carrie", where in this, it's "crazy Carrie". It is an important difference for this character. Ditto to the prom scene -Chloe is beautiful. The popular kids would have been all over her as one of them. This is so - so until the end. I didn't love it, and it felt unnecessary, but I could appreciate the effort of the cast to make this work. Until the end, where this makes the same mistake the previous remake made. Evil, vengeful Carrie stomping round with lots of violence and fire. I never got that the original Carrie was doing it on purpose. Or not to the point this one was. And don't even start me on Carrie's final words to Sue. Why the hell was that twist even in it? I also could have done without the modernising - Carrie has no place on You Tube. Honestly this story worked better in the 70's and if people are too dumb to want to watch an older movie, their loss.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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