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Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart.



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New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

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Jaeden Martell
as Bill Denbrough
Jeremy Ray Taylor
as Ben Hanscom
Sophia Lillis
as Beverly Marsh
Bill Skarsgård
as Pennywise
Finn Wolfhard
as Richie Tozier
Jack Dylan Grazer
as Eddie Kaspbrak
Wyatt Oleff
as Stanley Uris
Chosen Jacobs
as Mike Hanlon
Nicholas Hamilton
as Henry Bowers
Jake Sim
as Belch Huggins
Logan Thompson
as Victor Criss
Owen Teague
as Patrick Hockstetter
Stephen Bogaert
as Mr. Marsh
Stuart Hughes
as Officer Bowers
Geoffrey Pounsett
as Zach Denbrough
Pip Dwyer
as Sharon Denbrough
Molly Jane Atkinson
as Sona Kaspbrak
Steven Williams
as Leroy Hanlon
Elizabeth Saunders
as Mrs. Starret
Joe Bostick
as Mr. Keene
Ari Cohen
as Rabbi Uris
Anthony Ulc
as Joe the Butcher
Katie Lunman
as Betty Ripsom
Carter Musselman
as Headless Boy
Tatum Lee
as Judith
Martha Gibson
as Old Woman
Kasie Rayner
as Field Hockey Girl #1
Isabelle Nélisse
as Girl in Bathroom
Jocelyn Mattka
as Another Girl
Donald Tripe
as Old Man In Car
Liz Gordon
as Old Woman In Car
Paige Rosamond
as Dead Girl #1
Neil Crone
as Chief Borton
Sonia Gascon
as Mrs. Ripsom
Janet Porter
as Stanley's Mother
Memo Diaz Capt
as 4th Of July Clown
Roberto Campanella
as Organ Player Clown
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A little long, but I liked it. Child cast did a really good job at portraying the characters in the novel. Penny wise was a little more hammy than expected, though.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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I'll preface this review by saying I am no fan of Stephen King, I find many elements of his stories random and borderline nonsensical, and this one is no exception. However, the screenplay, direction, and great performances from the kids, particularly Finn Wolfhard, help this movie float. Horror films need to be more than jump scares to be good, and this one is accompanied by a good moral of growth, facing your fears, and has a good amount of humor to make for a really good movie.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer


When it comes to horror flicks, we have seen more haunting and outrageous things in recent years. There are a few jump scares and some scenes are wonderfully unpleasant, but not without a sick little twist of humor every now and then. Pennywise works most of the time, as well. The film really soars in his portrayal of teenage friendship, though. The kid actors are all around great, making for likable yet unlikely heroes. A very entertaining King adaptation, already a smash hit that will find its deserved continuation.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The gist here is that the figure of evil is not quite so interested simply in your demise, per se, which would be one thing, but rather in how well it can scare the living daylights out of you before, er, your demise. In that regard the film succeeds quite well. Especially interesting is how the characters all have enough troubles to want to quit Maine entirely even before they meet the please-don't-come-any-closer clown, and no one would judge them. But they have a decision to make ultimately, and on that decision the film turns: to work together as a team or no, problems or no, distractions or no, and the work conveys the enormity of that choice in the wonderful language of adolescence. Good times at the movies.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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