Stephen King's It

1990

Stephen King's It

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59%

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63%

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Based on one of Stephen King's bestselling novels, this is a story told in flashbacks. In a small town, a group of children are terrorized in their youth by an evil force. Thirty years later, when they learn of a new series of child murders, they return to see if they can't stop it once and for all. Adults now, with success in diverse careers, they still must come to terms with their pasts and with the evil that stalks their New England home town, and their own fears and nightmares.

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Cast

Richard Thomas
as Bill Denbrough
John Ritter
as Ben Hanscom
Annette O'Toole
as Beverly Marsh
Tim Curry
as Pennywise
Tim Reid
as Mike Hanlon
Harry Anderson
as Richie Tozier
Dennis Christopher
as Eddie Kaspbrak
Richard Masur
as Stan Uris
Olivia Hussey
as Audra Denborough
Jonathan Brandis
as Bill Denborough (age 12)
Emily Perkins
as Beverly Marsh (age 12)
Seth Green
as Richie Tozier (age 12)
Adam Faraizl
as Eddie Kaspbrak (age 12)
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's It

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Audience Reviews for Stephen King's It

  • Sep 10, 2017
    Seeing as this was originally released as a two part TV film it only feels right review them separate then star rate it the average score, I have never read the book either but have read through a few chapters before, Part one was pretty good I suppose in its own way, I enjoyed the story and the characters but the acting was pretty awful and it was full of stereotype supporting cast like bullies who act and look like Grease rejects and for some reason they go beyond bullying and try to murder people and to be honest they didn't help the film one bit, There are no scares to be had at all, Not even jump scares but Tim Curry as Pennywise was good but underused, The film gets predictable and bland near the end and I was left pretty disappointed, Let's just thank god they didn't do the whole child sex orgy scene, Part one gets 3 stars. Part two felt very uneven at times as in we have the main plot come to life where all the Losers Club has grown up and they meet up 30 years to take down Pennywise once and for all, So I expected it to be darker but when we have a scene with Pennywise trying to put the fear back in the cast we have the next scene that had a light tone where they act like nothing happened and get drunk and eat at restaurants, The acting was just as bad, I liked the way the story continued but its execution was poor, The ending was dull and yet again there was no scares at all, Rated on its own it gets 2 Stars so the average in 2 and a half stars, Which is a shame as I heard nothing but horror stories from people who said this film was scary as hell, What a letdown is what I'll be saying if they ask me.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2015
    I was thoroughly underwhelmed. The fault may lie with me somewhat there, as I read the book first and had a certain level of expectation which I know never to do. But the rest of the responsibility I level straight at Tommy Lee Wallace and his film, which is just not that great. It does however, feature an astounding performance from the peerless Tim Curry as the pieces titular villain.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2014
    one word review: shIT
    Hayden B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2012
    It is a terrifying tale of horror from bestselling author Stephen King. When the small town of Derry experiences a rash of killings, a group of childhood friends must return after nearly 30 years in order to face an ancient evil. The casting is pretty good, and includes Harry Anderson, Annette O'Toole, John Ritter, and Tim Curry; who all deliver great performances. However, it's Curry's charismatic and frightening depiction of Pennywise that makes this film so powerful and terrifying. Additionally, the storytelling is well done; crafting a number of intense and horrific scenes. Haunting and chilling, It is a nightmare brought to life.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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