Misery Reviews

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September 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.
February 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.
January 29, 2019
Reiner's film is an absolutely harrowing tale of fandom gone wrong and the damage that it can cause the artist.
January 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.
September 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.
October 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.
August 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.
August 12, 2013
Caan and Bates capture the movie's roguish spirit perfectly.
August 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.
August 12, 2013
Misery should be a big hit. It deserves to be.
August 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.
August 12, 2013
Unfortunately, what could have been a seamless psychological thriller is interrupted by violence that's as gratuitous as it is sadistic.
August 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.
January 2, 2011
A quality film of suspense and manipulation.
July 7, 2010
Like Stand By Me, Misery can't help but broaden the audience for movies based on Stephen King's work.
September 27, 2009
Director Rob Reiner creates an atmosphere of tense horror wrapped around rich dialogue ("Cockadoodie dirty birdie!"), and in the process, he gets sterling performances from Caan and Bates.
September 8, 2009
Kathy Bates brilliantly portrays Annie as someone with absolutely no sense of her own monstrosity.
October 14, 2008
Popular moviemaking -- elegantly economical, artlessly artful -- doesn't get much better than this.
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