Kathy Bates has a gift for playing cheerily hostile, paranoid misfits.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Misery is a blunt instrument that fractures the kneecaps more often than it tickles the funnybone.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
A weak handshake of a movie, it is slightly repellent -- hardly gripping, much less knuckle-whitening.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
It is a good story, a natural, and it grabs us.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A skillfully pared-down (if psychologically thin) horror thriller.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Bates has a field day with her role, creating a quirky, memorable object of hate.
Variety Staff - Variety
Popular moviemaking -- elegantly economical, artlessly artful -- doesn't get much better than this.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
A quality film of suspense and manipulation.
Kelly Kessler - Common Sense Media
Director Rob Reiner creates an atmosphere of tense horror wrapped around rich dialogue ("Cockadoodie dirty birdie!"), and in the process, he gets sterling performances from Caan and Bates.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Kathy Bates brilliantly portrays Annie as someone with absolutely no sense of her own monstrosity.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
Except for the flat, compromised ending, Reiner's smooth direction and Goldman's nicely structured script make this version of King's novella enjoyable as a horror flick and psychological thriller, not to mention Kathy Bates' superb turn as the wacko fan
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
From start to harrowing finish, it is blissfully apparent that Rob Reiner can indeed turn his hand to virtually anything.
Philip Thomas - Empire Magazine
The dark duet between Paul and the frankly psychopathic Annie is played to tense perfection.
Dean Essner - Film4
Director Rob Reiner is clearly more comfortable with the humor and humanity than the gory horror in King's grisly tale.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Rob Reiner builds Stephen King's tale with clean, effortless strokes.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Sweat-inducing suspense thriller.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Reiner captures just the right level of physical tension, but for the most part wisely emphasises the mental duels. Terrific.
Dean Essner - Time Out
It's a definite KEEPER!!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
S. James Wegg - JWR
Horrifying tale with deserved Oscar performance by Kathy Bates.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
A first-rate suspense film with excellent performances.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Not as good as the book, but Kathy Bates is perfect
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A convincing psychological thriller with a powerful performance by Kathy Bates.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Pretty good for a James Caan movie.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Great performances, but it really gets a little old.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Will scare the bejeebers out of you!
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Left the cinema, went home, changed pants. Let's leave at that, okay?
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
This is a first rate movie, one of the best of the Stephen King adaptions ever.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
A stunning, harsh drama that lingers in the memory because of its cruel strokes.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Bates deserves her Oscar as the psychopath fan; a deft blending of comedy and horror.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Kathy Bates is beyond amazing in the part of the psychotic fan Annie Wilkes.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Caan and Bates are nothing short of hypnotic.
Scott Weinberg - Apollo Guide
Where it is significantly elevated is in the terrifyingly convincing performance by Bates as a schizophrenic psychopath.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
Not only is Misery the best adaptation of a Stephen King book ever made, it's the only good one ever made!
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Part of the startling horror of Annie is that she is just about the last person in the world from whom you'd expect antisocial or violent behavior.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The result is arguably the best King novel-to-film adaptation yet, a tense character study that grows and builds and has plenty of humor, both light and dark, along the way.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Reiner seems to have been gambling very heavily on Kathy Bates's performance to set this film apart and make it a Reiner film. Bates was good but not that good.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews