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This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at her small-town high school. Her blind panic at her first menstruation, a result of ignorance and religious guilt drummed into her by her fanatical mother, Margaret (Piper Laurie), only causes her classmates' vicious cruelty to escalate, despite the attentions of her overly solicitous gym teacher (Betty Buckley). Finally, when the venomous Chris Hargenson (Nancy Allen) engineers a reprehensible prank at the school prom, Carrie… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A voluptuously shot horror movie."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Stephen King's book outlines a world ringed with abuse, Brian De Palma visualizes it with vast amounts of pervy humor and ominous effulgence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Brian De Palma's modern gothic fairy tale, based on Stephen King's bestseller, offers a tense and lyrical web of emotions."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic."
‑ Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
"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
"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
"... a cautionary tale that suggests that fear of the unusual justifies any action to displace the potential danger... My, how times have changed."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"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
"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,
"An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The fierce sympathy it extends to its unfashionable central character puts the film a million miles above the contemporary line in sick exploitation."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"A terrifying and awe inspiring revenge film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Brian De Palma transcends the pulpy horror feel by emphasising the awakening-sexuality metaphor, and using some glorious trickery."
‑ , Total Film
"... [O]ne of the best horror films of the 1970s."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
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