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
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2015
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Critic Score: 32% 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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Hugo Hernández Valdivia

... more superficial than moody. [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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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

Poltergeist is extremely dumb with characters whose life holds no importance to the viewer, but at the very least it never stops trying to conjure up some scares once the gears are set in motion

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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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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

As is too often the case [the special effects are] treated as the only thing audiences care about.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I will admit, I didn't watch it all. I made it to the clown scene. However, I'm such a big fan of the original that I couldn't get into this one… 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
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 M.
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