Misery (1990)

Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner's Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The film opens with Paul Sheldon (Caan) completing work on his latest novel, a break from his popular series of novels featuring… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 30, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, this taut and frightening film is one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Bates turns Wilkes into the nastiest nurse to reach the screen since Louise Fletcher tormented Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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Variety Staff

Bates has a field day with her role, creating a quirky, memorable object of hate.

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Josh Larsen

..a prescient prediction of the way fanboy culture would come to influence the creative process.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Like any good work of popular culture, Rob Reiner's film of Stephen King's best-selling book Misery functions on more than one level.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A skillfully pared-down (if psychologically thin) horror thriller.

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Derek Malcolm

The film hasn't any depth to speak of, but is consistently shrewd enough not to go totally obvious ways. And the audacity in casting Kathy Bates as the dotty fan pays considerable dividends.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Popular moviemaking -- elegantly economical, artlessly artful -- doesn't get much better than this.

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Colette Maude
Time Out

Reiner captures just the right level of physical tension, but for the most part wisely emphasises the mental duels. Terrific.

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John Wooley
Tulsa World

Among other things, Misery emerges as a great picture of fan obsession, and of that curious mix of hero-worship and hero-bashing personified in supermarket tabloids and trash TV.

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Melvin White
Annie Wilkes: Now the time has come. I put two bullets in my gun. One for me, and one for you. Oh darling, it will be so beautiful.  "Paul Sheldon used to… More
Alex roy
When it comes to adapting a Stephen King horror story, some films tend to miss the mark, and others deliver a tense, terrifying and ultimately bone chilling… More
Eric Alvarez
So one day I found Misery laying around the house, and had no clue what it was or what it was about. One of the best choices and discoveries i've ever… More
Jason Owens
Wow, didn't know Kathy Bates had been acting this long....this and Dolores Claiborne are the best films I've seen her in...she's spectacular as… More
Jim Careter
Misery is a stroke of pure horror genius. The plot is scary and keeps your attention the whole time. The cast is great, Kathy Bates is one of the greatest… More