Poltergeist (2015)

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi ("Spiderman," "Evil Dead", "The Grudge") and director Gil Kenan ("Monster House") contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: May 22, 2015
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Paying competent homage without adding anything of real value to the original Poltergeist, this remake proves just as ephemeral (but half as haunting) as its titular spirit.

Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

The original film was promoted with the tagline "It knows what scares you." If there was a truth-in-advertising law regarding films, this movie's ad copy would read: "Poltergeist: Meh."

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Cuauhtémoc Ruelas

Poltergeist is a poor and unnecessary remake. [full review in Spanish]

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James Berardinelli

There's little doubt that nostalgia played a part in Fox's decision to remake Poltergeist, but that's a poor reason for any film's existence and no excuse for how uninspired Gil Kenan's re-imagining of this one turned out.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The new "Poltergeist" might well be the scariest movie 13-or-unders have yet seen, just as the original was for their parents back in 1982.

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Luis Fernando Galván
En Filme

Gil Kenan's new version keeps details of the original story, but it is unable to provide a new mythology. [full review in Spanish]

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's not exactly a scary film, but it does provide an enjoyable ride. It's good fun. But it left me befuddled. A little sad. And a little angry.

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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly

Poltergeist does benefit from briskness-it's actually 20 minutes shorter than Hooper's film-and there is a nice, Evil Dead 2-esque sequence involving a power drill.

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Oswaldo Betancourt Lozano

A worthy remake, though it doesn't outshine Tobe Hooper's version. [full review in Spanish]

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I can't see any homage in this painfully derivative movie that reuses the worst clichés of the genre, with a lazy script that has no shame to come up with… More
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KJ Proulx
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Jeff Boam
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Shawn Montague
Pretty much a full remake of the first one, which would have made me mad if they didn't come up with an idea that was bottling my brain all these years...… More
DA Zapata
Poltergeist 2.0 feels like a horror film for children with ADHD, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I went into the film with exceedingly low… More