Poltergeist Reviews

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September 14, 2018
Though Rockwell and DeWitt give the material their own likable spin, most of the story mechanics will be familiar to anyone who has seen the original Poltergeist.
October 11, 2017
As is too often the case [the special effects are] treated as the only thing audiences care about.
May 28, 2015
Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough.
May 24, 2015
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.
May 22, 2015
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.
May 22, 2015
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."
May 10, 2019
Rockwell and DeWitt are solid and there's fresh blood in this reboot at first. Yet, the dependency on lazy scare tactics neuter this reboot, making you yearn for the original.
February 3, 2019
You can do a lot worse than the new Poltergeist film, but on every conceivable level you can do better by simply watching the original film again.
January 23, 2019
Everything is spelled out, so much so that it completely kills any tension that could have been built.
December 19, 2018
POLTERGEIST is truly lacking is the macabre and erratic behavior that made the 1980s a golden age in horror.
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