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.
May 28, 2016
'Poltergeist' assembles a very gifted group of people to go through another movie's paces, a cover band you wish would just play their own songs.
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 28, 2015
Remaking the 1982 horror film Poltergeist wasn't necessarily a bad idea, but this new version feels like too little, too late.
May 27, 2015
...makes largely cosmetic changes to the material without offering much in the way of distinctive frights.
May 27, 2015
The remake has been engineered in broadly the right carnival spirit. It should shift a lot of popcorn, if nothing else.
May 26, 2015
Almost all the scares that connect have been imported from the original.
May 24, 2015
Monster House director Gil Kenan doesn't desecrate the grave of the original, but nor does he offer any convincing reason to raise it from the dead.
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 23, 2015
A cautionary tale about the necessity of disclosures when purchasing an older home, Gil Kenan's "Poltergeist" borrows liberally from the classic film to revisit the story of a family, a house, and the portal that upends their lives, with limited results.
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 22, 2015
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.
May 22, 2015
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.
May 22, 2015
Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned cooks tossed in the Reagan era.
May 22, 2015
This new Poltergeist isn't anything special ... But it's not a travesty, and that feels like cause for brief celebration.
May 22, 2015
Rarely has a remake felt more contractually obligated than the 2015 version of "Poltergeist."
May 22, 2015
It's the cinematic equivalent of a pat on the back accompanied by a slap in the face.
May 22, 2015
If viewers can look past the sheer audacity of attempting another Poltergeist, they'll find a solid modernization.
May 22, 2015
It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but Poltergeist is a solid, surprisingly effective chiller that's respectful towards its 1982 predecessor while acquitting itself as a proficient update.
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