Oct 14, 2021
Expertly performed, Misery works because it hits the gas, let's go of the wheel, and sees what happens. It's engaging, taut, and all the right ways.
Sep 18, 2021
Rob Reiner's direction and William Goldman's script are serviceable, but what really puts Misery over the top are the performances.
Jun 10, 2021
Casting Kathy Bates as Annie was certainly a culminating factor in the film's success but kudos must also go to William Goldman for coming up with a screenplay that just never lets up...
May 11, 2021
It is hard to come by psychological thrillers like this nowadays - a film that makes you feel the anxiety and horror that the character is facing.
Sep 15, 2020
One of those rare films capable of spending the entire running time focusing on the cat-and-mouse suspense between a superbly cinematic duo, without ever slowing down.
May 6, 2019
All the psychological, emotional, and visceral angles of the horror are anchored to the performances of James Caan and Kathy Bates.
Feb 22, 2019
Reiner's tense adaptation of Stephen King's first satisfying screen yarn in years is superbly paced, chock full of devilish plot twists and capable of lifting audiences inches off their seats.
Jan 29, 2019
Reiner's film is an absolutely harrowing tale of fandom gone wrong and the damage that it can cause the artist.
Jan 29, 2019
There's no evil, no zombies, no cursed MacGuffins, no serial killers-just a deranged lonely person and a self-regarding jerk. Together, they make terror.
Sep 2, 2017
..a prescient prediction of the way fanboy culture would come to influence the creative process.
May 9, 2017
The film hasn't any depth to speak of, but is consistently shrewd enough not to go totally obvious ways. And the audacity in casting Kathy Bates as the dotty fan pays considerable dividends.
Oct 14, 2014
Among other things, Misery emerges as a great picture of fan obsession, and of that curious mix of hero-worship and hero-bashing personified in supermarket tabloids and trash TV.
Aug 12, 2013
Bates turns Wilkes into the nastiest nurse to reach the screen since Louise Fletcher tormented Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Aug 12, 2013
Caan and Bates capture the movie's roguish spirit perfectly.
Aug 12, 2013
This all would have been perfect for a half-hour TV show or one of those horror anthology films. As it is, even the resourceful Reiner and Goldman are hard put to keep things going until the inevitable final clash.
Aug 12, 2013
Misery should be a big hit. It deserves to be.
Aug 12, 2013
It's Kathy Bates' Oscar-winning turn as a smiling psychopath that still provides the film's cold, cold heart and makes for one of cinema's greatest, friendliest, monsters.
Aug 12, 2013
Unfortunately, what could have been a seamless psychological thriller is interrupted by violence that's as gratuitous as it is sadistic.
Aug 12, 2013
Like any good work of popular culture, Rob Reiner's film of Stephen King's best-selling book Misery functions on more than one level.
Jan 2, 2011
A quality film of suspense and manipulation.