Carrie (1976)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: September 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

With each new movie, [De Palma] comes closer to mastering Hitchcock's trademark of teasing suspense and tongue-in-cheek horror.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

Carrie won't add much to your life -- but it will scare you, not least about your friends and neighbours.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A voluptuously shot horror movie.

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Variety Staff

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

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Fernando F. Croce

Stephen King's book outlines a world ringed with abuse, Brian De Palma visualizes it with vast amounts of pervy humor and ominous effulgence

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Kevin A. Ranson

... a cautionary tale that suggests that fear of the unusual justifies any action to displace the potential danger... My, how times have changed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
De Palma surprises us for his splendid choice of making a very delicate and emotionally involving drama from King's novel - with a magnificent direction,… More
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KJ Proulx
One of the best horror films out there to date! Although "Carrie" has a slow start and the first half is all build up, the pay-off is much more worth… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Despite feeling dated, Carrie is still a dark, chilling, and well-acted thriller that deftly combines teenage drama with religious fanaticism and fantasy. A… More
Sam Barnett
I tend to remain largely unaffected by most horror films, but "Carrie" (while not quite 'scary') manages to be consistently creepy in that… More
Mark Hobin
Carrie is a classic that makes any legitimate list of the best horror films ever made. It's a regular staple of Halloween viewing. While there are… More