Poltergeist (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Paying competent homage without adding anything of real value to the original Poltergeist, this remake proves just as ephemeral (but half as haunting) as its titular spirit.

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Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi ("Spiderman," "Evil Dead", "The Grudge") and director Gil Kenan ("Monster House") contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. (C) Fox
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PG-13 (for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language)
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Horror
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Cast

Sam Rockwell
as Eric Bowen
Rosemarie DeWitt
as Amy Bowen
Kyle Catlett
as Griffin Bowen
Saxon Sharbino
as Kendra Bowen
Kennedi Clements
as Madison Bowen
Jared Harris
as Carrigan
Jane Adams (II)
as Dr. Claire Powell
Susan Heyward
as Sophie
Soma Bhatia
as Lauren
Karen Ivany
as Barbara Stoller
L.A. Lopes
as Cashier
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Critic Reviews for Poltergeist

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (17)

Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough.

Full Review… | May 28, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's little doubt that nostalgia played a part in Fox's decision to remake Poltergeist, but that's a poor reason for any film's existence and no excuse for how uninspired Gil Kenan's re-imagining of this one turned out.

Full Review… | May 23, 2015
ReelViews
Top Critic

It's not exactly a scary film, but it does provide an enjoyable ride. It's good fun. But it left me befuddled. A little sad. And a little angry.

Full Review… | May 22, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The original film was promoted with the tagline "It knows what scares you." If there was a truth-in-advertising law regarding films, this movie's ad copy would read: "Poltergeist: Meh."

Full Review… | May 22, 2015
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The new "Poltergeist" might well be the scariest movie 13-or-unders have yet seen, just as the original was for their parents back in 1982.

Full Review… | May 22, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Poltergeist does benefit from briskness-it's actually 20 minutes shorter than Hooper's film-and there is a nice, Evil Dead 2-esque sequence involving a power drill.

Full Review… | May 22, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Poltergeist

I will admit, I didn't watch it all. I made it to the clown scene. However, I'm such a big fan of the original that I couldn't get into this one at all. I guess if it was an original story, it would be passable, but I am just sick of great movies being remade. It is unnecessary and I didn't like the updating on this one. The teenage daughter also needed a kick up the ass, who wants to watch an entitled brat carrying on about a mobile phone on Poltergeist!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Perhaps the biggest disappointment this year. I was a HUGE fan of the original and part of it's appeal was the sense of love that the family had for each-other. Mother & daughter in particular. While this version starts out feeling like a comparable homage...it has none of the heart or soul that the first one had. Not to mention the fact that there was little to no build up to the daughters abduction. I left the theater angry because the potential was there.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

I can't see any homage in this painfully derivative movie that reuses the worst clichés of the genre, with a lazy script that has no shame to come up with the most ridiculous "explanation" ever (drawn on paper, to appear more "scientific") for a supernatural phenomenon.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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