Carrie Reviews

  • It is sometimes funny in a puzzling kind of way, it is generally overwrought in an irritating kind of way, and once in a while it is inappropriately touching.

    Richard Eder — New York Times

  • More superpowers from Brian De Palma, this time in high school, in a screen version of a Stephen King novel that's become a horror classic.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Brian De Palma's Carrie is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that's the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in Jaws.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This 1976 thriller, about a high school outcast (Sissy Spacek) who uses her telekinetic powers to massacre the graduating class, contains a number of interesting ideas. But as with most of his films, De Palma can't keep track of them.

    Dave Kehr — Chicago Reader

  • Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.

    Variety Staff — Variety

  • There is little suspense or dramatic tension; everything plays out like bad melodrama or cheap exploitation.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.

    Richard Schickel — TIME Magazine

  • Carrie is one of the most heart-breaking and cringe-worthy high school dramas ever made, and that's before she even gets to her apocalyptic revenge.

    Simon Miraudo — Quickflix

  • Brian De Palma transcends the pulpy horror feel by emphasising the awakening-sexuality metaphor, and using some glorious trickery.

    Dean Essner — Total Film

  • Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.

    Teresa Talerico — Common Sense Media

  • I might be the only person in the world who thinks Brian De Palma's 1976 classic thriller Carrie (now out on DVD) is one of the most overrated, disappointing horror films of all time, but I stand behind my review, and I swear I can knock down just about a

    Blake French — Filmcritic.com

  • ... [O]ne of the best horror films of the 1970s.

    Lucius Gore — ESplatter

  • The first big hit directed by Brian De Palma.

    Dennis Schwartz — Ozus' World Movie Reviews

  • The film has a strikingly unsettling mood that enhances its power and gives it an impact that the story would otherwise lack. Much of the credit, though, must go to Spacek, who so convincingly portrays Carrie's pain and her longing for acceptance.

    Dean Essner — TV Guide's Movie Guide

  • The reason Carrie is still held in such high regard as a horror classic is very simple: it's all in the sheer directorial bravado. De Palma at the top of his game.

    Andrew Collins — Empire Magazine

  • Carrie rivals The Shining for the title of greatest ever Stephen King adaptation.

    Dean Essner — Film4

  • The bulk of "Carrie" is not a gore-fest, but a prescient tone poem about the mental torture of social outcasts in high school halls in the pre-Columbine era.

    Phil Villarreal — Arizona Daily Star

  • Carrie might be a film about high school, but it was perhaps Brian De Palma's first completely mature film.

    Eric Henderson — Slant Magazine

  • De Palma's Gothic thriller is at once trashy and lyrical, a nasty revenge story in which its misfit-Cinederella-like heroine (an exquisite Sissy Spacek) discovers her sexuality under the most terrifying conditions.

    Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com

  • The fierce sympathy it extends to its unfashionable central character puts the film a million miles above the contemporary line in sick exploitation.

    Dean Essner — Time Out

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