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It (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Bill Skarsgård
as Pennywise
Jaeden Lieberher
as Bill Denbrough
Jeremy Ray Taylor
as Ben Hanscom
Sophia Lillis
as Beverly Marsh
Finn Wolfhard
as Richie Tozier

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Critic Reviews for It

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It is [a] study in trauma to match the best of them.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm writing this not so much as a critic but as an ordinary moviegoer, experiencing Proustian transport via an old-fashioned scary movie executed by a team of filmmakers and actors at the top of their game.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

What we're left with is a solid but relatively conventional horror movie, above average but overlong.

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie is not terrifying but blandly edifying; its scares, foreshadowed as if by telegram, are delivered less effectively than its life lessons.

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Doesn't cut very deep and isn't very scary.

September 9, 2017 | Full Review…

It's such a great performance that you wish Muschietti had eased up on the CGI and just let Skarsgård do the talking.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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½

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

'Stephen King's It' is a ghoulishly unshackled update of the Maine author's coulorophobia book and it is superlative in every facet to the 1990 television miniseries which is now pitifully antiquated and meretricious in hindsight other than Tim Curry's baritone performance. By antedating the film from 1950's milieu to the 80's, the peripheral set decoration is chockfull of 'Gremlins' posters and a facetiously arcane reference to the "Molly Ringwald" of the group. It's catnip for the yuppie generation who were reared on Street Fighter arcade games and New Kids on the Block cassettes. Although scribes Chase Palmer, (defunct director) Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman are steeped in coming-of-age King staples (the mulleted bullies, the cluelessly clodhopper parents who vicariously haunt their children via Munchausen-syndrome-by-proxy, molestation, etc.), it is more of a neoclassical and old-fashioned nod than an assortment of hoary clichés. Usually the integration of special effects into Pennywise's (Bill Skarsgård) rakish appearances would be an eyesore but instead they annex a Stygian quality to his gangly movements such as when he is a contortionist out of the Well House fridge or when his jaw unhinges into serrated fangs. Luckily, the unanimously excellent Losers' Club isn't entirely expository about the Easter explosion and the delitescent backstory to the Pennywise's 27-year gap in his cannibalistic frenzy. However, the summer-vacationers cleaning up a sink bloodbath is lackluster to the magical-realism. As a presentational exhibition, each of Skarsgård's spooky happenings is a stinger than can be jaunty (a three-door choice of either Very Scary or Not Scary At All), a cheeky background nuance (a stentorian librarian lingering behind the focal point) or frightfully subliminal like a children's show which serenades Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton) to slice his father's throat with a box-cutter.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

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