“Carrie' Possibly Has To Be Either The Best Or One Of The Best High-school Horror Movies I've Ever Seen Yet”
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
Carrie rivals The Shining for the title of greatest ever Stephen King adaptation.
Dean Essner - Film4
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
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
A total knockout. Piper Laurie gives a bravura performance as Carrie's religious fanatic mother, one of the creepiest movie characters ever.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A nearly perfect film. The combination of pathos, shocks, and grand guignol excess is orchestrated with jaw-dropping precision by young Depalma, whose later films would pale by comparison.
Brian Juergens - Bloody Disgusting
Young director Brian DePalma is fast making his reputation in the genre of the suspense-horror film.
Barbara Thomas - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Pure squeamish horror!
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas CityLife
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
De Palma's masterpiece of pure cinema is the unsung Great American Film of the 1970s.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
De Palma's classic creep show has dark undertones about the nastiness of teen spirit, emergent female sexuality, and rabid Christianity.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Here -- as in perhaps no other film -- De Palma's non-stop stylistic flourishes completely complement and enhance the proceedings.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It's a simple tale, told briskly and effectively by director Brian DePalma.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
This horror classic might be the ultimate teen angst flick.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Jeet Thayil - Rediff.com
...suspenseful, scary, and humorously cunning by turns, it boasts superb acting, excellent pacing, good production values, and...a thought-provoking premise.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Horror in the classic sense, horror that builds rather than constantly shocking, horror that works so well we don't need a guts and gore booster-shot every two minutes.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
King's pulp-gothic imagination was perfectly realized on-screen in De Palma's Hitchcock-influenced manipulative camerawork
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The story of a butt-of-all-jokes high-school teenager, Carrie is a revenge-of-the-nerds tale, made all the more eloquent by its binary oppositions of light and shade, gothic imagery and, thanks to Lawrence D. Cohen's script, intricate characterisation.
Dmetri Kakmi - Senses of Cinema
Unlike other examples of the horror genre, there are classic elements of tragedy that lend this gruesome tale a compelling edge.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
It's a gripping and rousing perusal of our human souls -- an opportunity to become aware of our dark sides and meet them head on.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
It's high time for the young generation of filmgoers to stop throwing their money [away] and see what a real horror movie is.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid