Child's Play
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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 killer in this popular and fast-paced, if familiar, slasher.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Making a good horror-thriller, or even a good horror-comedy, is not child's play, as this schizoid film all too unfortunately proves."
‑ Dennis Fischer, Hollywood Reporter
"[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
"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
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