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: September 29, 2015
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Critic Score: 31% 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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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

For about 20 minutes, Poltergeist gave you the feeling that you're in for a fun time. But fun turned into routine way too fast.

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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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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly

A supernatural horror movie that will move your pulse in places but do little to nudge your soul.

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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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Cuauhtémoc Ruelas

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Robert C
Perhaps the biggest disappointment this year. I was a HUGE fan of the original and part of it's appeal was the sense of love that the family had for… More
Dann Michalski
Updated for modern audiences, Poltergeist is a solid remake that delivers some frightful thrills. After moving to a new house that's been built on a… More
Carlos Magalhães
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
Gimly Monocle
My expectations were low and even then I was let down. Rockwell is quality because he's always quality but that one thing doesn't at all justify this… More
KJ Proulx
Almost thirty years since the last ?Poltergeist? film was released, like any classic horror film, here comes the remake whether you asked for it or not.… More
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