May 24, 2020
Pet Sematary quickly becomes a testament to the power of the female gaze on screen, as well as Mary Lambert's considerable skills as a director. None of the gore is exploitative, and even the death of a child is handled with empathy and respect.
Oct 4, 2019
Reduced to its plot outlines, King`s work no longer functions; its meaning lies in the obscure tensions and anxieties that shape the fantasy, not in what happens, but why.
May 3, 2019
King turns the mirror on humanity, questioning our faith, our belief, our methods of expelling grief from our lives. And it isn't always a pretty sight.
Apr 8, 2019
Overall, the acting in Pet Sematary is hit or miss. But when it hits, it's a bullseye.
Apr 7, 2019
One of the stodgier King adaptations of its period, Pet Sematary 1989 squanders much of its promise with cardboard performances, flat direction and a dire lack of both emotional heft and chilly mood.
Mar 30, 2019
The premise is fascinating, but the leaden direction, weak performances from the leads, and King's frequently campy interludes pretty much sink this one.
Mar 26, 2019
Some genuinely great scares... Fred Gwynne completely and utterly steals the show.
Mar 4, 2019
While this is one of the best King adaptations, it does have some pacing issues, especially in the middle. The story drags a bit, but by the third act everything is moving at a breakneck pace.
Oct 20, 2018
Pet Sematary kicked off something new: the modest, micro, highly enjoyable King adaptation.
Oct 20, 2018
...a misbegotten adaptation that could (and should) have been so much better...
Sep 10, 2017
As a metaphor for the terrible decisions people make and never learn, Pet Sematary maintains a building sense of dread.
Sep 17, 2015
This a silly movie, also overwrought, fusing the two until it approaches something grand and gonzo and tragic and meaningful.
Mar 3, 2014
Without any real scares, there's no reason at all for this movie to exist.
May 20, 2013
It bombs despite King adapting the screenplay from his novel.
Oct 5, 2012
a flawed, but still bracingly horrific film of ideas, one that maintains with substantial impact the novel's tragic themes about death and the limitations of human control
Sep 20, 2012
...one of the most witless horror movies I've sat through, essentially a zombie ghost story that's wholly predictable throughout.
Oct 16, 2008
Haunting, sorrowful and reverberatingly eerie. Above all, Pet Sematary is a remarkably mature and thought-provoking look at the mysterious nature of death and the complexity of the grieving process.