Child's Play
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Child's Play seems to have been concocted by a parent who went berserk after standing in line for hours on end to purchase a Cabbage Patch doll in the early 1980s. The film opens with serial killer Brad Dourif taking refuge in a doll factory. Dourif is killed by the cops, but not before he has invoked a voodoo curse which transfers his soul into one of the dolls. That particular doll, nicknamed Chuckie, is unwittingly purchased by Catherine Hicks for her son Alex Vincent. Several murders occur shortly thereafter; all evidence points to Alex, who insists that his cherub-faced doll is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fun withers in stretching the thin material to feature length."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Director Tom Holland keeps things moving without rushing them. Unfortunately, Child's Play gets a little ugly at the end."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"It's no surprise that this strange, unique, demented picture spawned a whole series of follow-ups; it's just a shame their increasing gaucheness mostly deters people - including myself - from going back to where it all began."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"It's nothing wildly original, but it is pacey and entertaining when it gets going."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"With humor taking a backseat to good, old-fashioned suspense, Child's Play is an impressive horror highlight of the late-'80s film scene."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Holland's sure handling of the suspense and shock moments lends the film a sharp and scary edge."
‑ , Time Out
"Child's Play is a cheerfully energetic horror film of the slam-bang school, but slicker and more clever than most."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Never really amounts to a great horror movie."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It does, however, have some decent scares, a lot of good lines and a memorable villain."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"'Child's Play' is one of the scariest movies ever."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"[A] clever, playful thriller."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"With equal portions of frolic and fear, Child's Play is a hilarious hair-raiser that is highly recommended for horror fans."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The things that redeem the film, at least slightly, are Dourif's nasty, insinuating vocal performance and Kevin Yagher's design of the Chucky doll itself."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Is anyone ever going to make a really good movie about toys coming to life to kill people?"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Insidiously effective."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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