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Reviews: Carrie (2013)

carrieReviews for this film from our members:

  • Rangga Adithia @ [Indonesian]
  • [New – 1/20/14] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Uno de los textos más recordados de Stephen King regresa a la gran pantalla en una película que no pasará la historia, una producción correcta pero que deja bastante indiferente en una consideración general. Cine volátil, amortizable, fugaz.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: A sad mishmash of Stephen King’s novel and Brian De Palma’s 1976 film, call this reimagining “Carrie for Dummies.”
  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Like the “Evil Dead” remake, this film is respectful to the original and offers something a bit different as well.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: People always wonder why classics are remade, but…The real question is how filmmaker Peirce, who exhibited such a gift for conveying the tragedy of a teenaged outcast in her first film, could have bungled it so badly here.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Esta “Carrie” no funciona en absoluto.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There is no “good” reason to revisit the story, except for the most important one: It’s a really damn fine story.
  • David Graham @
    • Excerpt: ‘When it works it actually gets the spine tingling and the blood pumping, but for the most part it’s like an after-school TV movie adaptation of the original. And there’s already been one of those.’
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: An updated gory, gruesome blood bath that’s far too evocative of today’s grisly, real-life violence.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: It makes for a daunting proposition for forward-thinking director Kimberly Peirce to update such a classic, but not only is her version one of the few truly successful horror remakes in recent years, it’s simply better than the original.
  • Dan Kelly @ eFilmCritic
    • Excerpt: It’s a nuts and bolts affair, tacked together coherently but without flair or pathos.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Unnecessary but still timely – an evocative remake with a solid lead performance.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Sure, nothing can hold a candle to the source—it was there first after all—but, when so many lazy, slick, corporate-made reduxes suffer from a dearth of creative inspiration, 2013’s “Carrie” offers enough reasons to belong in this world, too.
  • Glenn Lovell @
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: There are two kinds of remakes; those that update a flawed or dated original in a fresh way and those that pointlessly redo a great classic and add nothing new to the conversation in a cynical attempt to cash-in. Unfortunately Carrie, the latest film from director Kimberley Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), falls more into the latter category.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: Peirce’s ‘Carrie’ feels uninspired and lazy while never having the depth to tweak this fear fable beyond its flaccid copycat convictions. There needed to be more shock-inducing significance poured onto this callow ‘Carrie’ besides the standby bucket of pig’s blood dumped on her exposed noggin.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: When this 2013 version of Carrie – which really earns that remake label by lifting so much straight from the original film – turns into a loud action movie during the climax, you know something has gone horribly wrong.
  • Kevin Ranson @
    • Excerpt: With found feminity and adult empowerment coupled with themes of intolerant bullying and the need for human compassion, this version hones its dramatic elements to emotional effect rather than fall back on a slasher film template.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The psychic mayhem is every bit as brutal and cathartic as it should be. The director has Moretz unleash her powers in orgasmic bursts, a deliberate choice in a film full of deliberate choices.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The fourth telling of this story adds nothing new.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: While it will never achieve the classic status of De Palma’s take on King’s first novel, it offers a serious, respectable alternative.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:57 am

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