Child's Play
Child's Play (1988)

Thanks to a voodoo curse, the spirit of a serial killer possesses Chuckie, an innocent-looking child's doll which proceeds to go on a killing spree. The doll's owner, a young boy, must stop Chuckie and prove that he is not the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score
67%
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User Score
62%



Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Fischer
Hollywood Reporter

Making a good horror-thriller, or even a good horror-comedy, is not child's play, as this schizoid film all too unfortunately proves.

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Caryn James
New York Times

[A] clever, playful thriller.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

With equal portions of frolic and fear, Child's Play is a hilarious hair-raiser that is highly recommended for horror fans.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Fun withers in stretching the thin material to feature length.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Director Tom Holland keeps things moving without rushing them. Unfortunately, Child's Play gets a little ugly at the end.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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.

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Time Out

Holland's sure handling of the suspense and shock moments lends the film a sharp and scary edge.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Child's Play is a cheerfully energetic horror film of the slam-bang school, but slicker and more clever than most.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Never really amounts to a great horror movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Child's Play is one of the cheesiest horror flicks of the 80's, but damn does it know how to entertain. With laughably original dialogue, some decent… More
Tyler Robertson
It's almost unreal how a movie based off a killer doll can have such a cult following. Chucky is definitely well remembered in terms of horror killers. The… More
Nicki Marie
I must be a bit twisted - I love this one, it always makes me laugh. Just can't take Chucky seriously. It is a really good horror, though.
Directors Cat
Child's Play is a cult movie that doesn't deserve it's following. It has so many flaws I wouldn't know where to begin. Like how can 2 grown… More
Michael Edwards
Child's play follows a young boy named Andy who obtains a "Good Guy" doll for Christmas from his mom and discovers that this doll he got for… More
Ken Stachnik
For what it is, it's damn good. It doesn't do anything new, but what it does do, it does well.

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