Carrie (1976)

This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at her small-town high school. Her blind panic at her first menstruation, a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 16, 1976
DVD Release Date: September 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

With each new movie, [De Palma] comes closer to mastering Hitchcock's trademark of teasing suspense and tongue-in-cheek horror.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The real horror of Carrie does not lie with the vengeful, telepathic teenager of the movie's title, but in the endless stream of abuse she endures for the majority of its runtime.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A voluptuously shot horror movie.

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Variety Staff

Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Like Jaws, here's one of those rare instances when the movie is better than the book. What's more, this box office hit easily remains the best adaptation of a King property (sorry, Shawshank and Shining groupies).

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

More superpowers from Brian De Palma, this time in high school, in a screen version of a Stephen King novel that's become a horror classic.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1976 thriller, about a high school outcast (Sissy Spacek) who uses her telekinetic powers to massacre the graduating class, contains a number of interesting ideas. But as with most of his films, De Palma can't keep track of them.

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Dustin Putman

One of cinema's ultimate operatic teenage melodramas. I have seen "Carrie" more times than I can count, and yet it never loses its uncommon heartbreak and blood-curdling dramatic power.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
De Palma surprises us with his splendid choice of making a very delicate and emotionally resonant drama from King's novel (with a magnificent direction,… More
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KJ Proulx
One of the best horror films out there to date! Although "Carrie" has a slow start and the first half is all build up, the pay-off is much more worth… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Despite feeling dated, Carrie is still a dark, chilling, and well-acted thriller that deftly combines teenage drama with religious fanaticism and fantasy. A… More
Sam Barnett
I tend to remain largely unaffected by most horror films, but "Carrie" (while not quite 'scary') manages to be consistently creepy in that… More
Mark Hobin
Carrie is a classic that makes any legitimate list of the best horror films ever made. It's a regular staple of Halloween viewing. While there are… More