Misery Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 14, 2008
Popular moviemaking -- elegantly economical, artlessly artful -- doesn't get much better than this.
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 25, 2007
Bates has a field day with her role, creating a quirky, memorable object of hate.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
A skillfully pared-down (if psychologically thin) horror thriller.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Reiner captures just the right level of physical tension, but for the most part wisely emphasises the mental duels. Terrific.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Misery is a blunt instrument that fractures the kneecaps more often than it tickles the funnybone.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A weak handshake of a movie, it is slightly repellent -- hardly gripping, much less knuckle-whitening.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is a good story, a natural, and it grabs us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 30, 1990
Kathy Bates has a gift for playing cheerily hostile, paranoid misfits.
Full Review | Original Score: B+