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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (ChloŽ Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. (c) Sony

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Peirce wants to make a hit, and, even with source material this strange, it feels as though she has. But if so, that's all she has made."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The movie is very good, both as a first-order viewing experience and as a contemporary gloss on Brian De Palma's classic 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's novel."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Perhaps the biggest flaw in this remake has to do with the ethereal beauty of its leading lady."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Not only doesn't Carrie add anything particularly new to the mix, it fails to stand on its own feet and cohere its somewhat disparate components."
‑ Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground
"It's all just a series of scenes taking from DePalma's playbook, and going through the motions."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Chloe Moretz is unnervingly talented, but Carrie is not a role she was born to play. She hasn't a victim's bone in her body and fluffs the early scenes."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Rather than fixing some of the problems with De Palma's approach and trying something fresh, Peirce compounds them."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A wan retelling which pales in practically every department when compared to the '76 model."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"For all its positives, unfortunately, when the inevitable comparisons to both King, and Brian De Palma's 1976 version arise, Carrie does fall short."
‑ Byron Struck, FILMINK (Australia)
"Feels like someone copied a schoolmate's work and added a lot of their own occasionally enlightening but largely unnecessary scribbles."
‑ James White, SFX Magazine
"It is a timeless thing for all of us, the ritual of high-school expectation and heartache. Once again, as it did nearly 40 years ago, Carrie turns it into an experience of biblical proportions."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"Peirce is gifted, but she lacks the ability of directors like DePalma to transform schlock into something deeply personal."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Peirce's imagery is pungent: the mark of Carrie's bloody palm print on the eggshell blue of her gym teacher's skirt; a slow-motion whirling sateen dervish of a student and her gown in flames."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Repeats the past with less thrilling but more profound results."
‑ Andrew Johnson, Movie Mezzanine
"This classic worm-turns tale rights a few of the original's wrongs and offers a sad and scary performance by Moretz, although she's almost upstaged by Moore, whose misogynist Bible-bashing is more extreme than Piper Laurie's in the original."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
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