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Carrie White is a lonely and awkward teen who is constantly bullied at school by her peers, and beaten at home at the hands of her religious mother. But Carrie has a secret: She’s been blessed with the terrifying power of telekinesis; and when her peers decide to pull a prank on her at prom, they’ll soon learn a deadly lesson: When you mess with fire, you will get burned.

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Release date: Oct 18, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content.
 
Official website: http://www.carrie-movie.com/
 
Runtime: 100 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    RogerEbert.com - by Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all the psychological realism of Carrie and Margaret's relationship, however, this remake has a comic book feeling. ...read more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    In a way, the new Carrie is almost too easy to enjoy. Everything discordant and all the nagging weirdness and strange feelings surrounding the original have been smoothed down, and what we're left with is a well-made, highly satisfying and not particularly deep high school revenge movie. ...read more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    If you're going to take another stab at this tale of a taunted, traumatized teen who exacts fiery revenge on, well, everyone, then Kimberly Peirce is the director to do it. ...read more

  • 70
    Village Voice - by Amy Nicholson
    Kimberly Peirce changes almost nothing in her rallying remake of Brian De Palma’s classic about a troubled telekinetic teenager. She doesn’t have to. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    Carrie has proved itself to be a remarkably resilient tale that’s not likely to be plugged up anytime soon. ...read more

  • 67
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Peirce is gifted, but she lacks the ability of directors like DePalma to transform schlock into something deeply personal. ...read more

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    But now we're a lot more accustomed to seeing movie characters mold their destiny through special effects, and since Peirce films the climax in a rather depersonalized, shoot-the-works way, Carrie comes close to seeming like an especially alienated member of the X-Men team. She blows stuff up real good, in a way that would make the devil — or Bruce Willis — proud. ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The acting's strong; in addition to Moretz and Moore, Judy Greer is a welcome presence in the Betty Buckley role of the sympathetic gym instructor. But something's missing from this well-made venture. What's there is more than respectable, while staying this side of surprising. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    Only Julianne Moore, as the Bible-thumping mom, has an instinct to go softer — how couldn’t she, after Piper Laurie? — and paradoxically, it’s a move that feels wrong, the role requiring its cantatory bigness. ...read more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    Peirce has done a remaking rather than a reimagining. ...read more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Where Sissy Spacek seemed otherworldly and haunted in De Palma’s film, Moretz (“Hugo,” “Kick-Ass”) is sadder. She’s a terrific young actress. ...read more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter - by David Rooney
    If De Palma’s version was one part adolescent dream, three parts nightmare, with a sly streak of satire running through it, Peirce’s is a more earnest yet still engrossing take on the story that should connect with contemporary teens. At the very least it might send fledgling horror buffs scurrying to their Netflix queues to watch a vintage masterpiece of the genre. ...read more

  • 58
    Film.com - by William Goss
    Alas, despite the timeless concerns of adolescent bullying and burgeoning sexuality, Carrie as a film fails to become its own satisfyingly whole interpretation of coming-of-age horrors both literal and figurative. Its bloodshed may be all dressed up, but it ultimately has nowhere to go. ...read more

  • 50
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    There are problems with De Palma's version, especially in its portrayal of the key relationship between Carrie and her mother, but it's a more engaging and insightful portrayal than Kimberly Peirce's too-slick remake. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Rather than offering new blood, Carrie is a purely cosmetic revamp. ...read more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Bill Zwecker
    This Carrie comes off like a Lifetime film, adding little new and nothing substantial to improve on DePalma’s classic. ...read more

  • 50
    The Dissolve - by Nathan Rabin
    Despite the talent involved and the notoriety of the source material, Carrie feels strangely small, even television-sized. ...read more

  • 42
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    It’s a strange thing to say about a movie so obsessed with the red stuff, but this Carrie is bloodless. ...read more

  • 40
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    The new Carrie isn’t atrocious — just flat and uninspired and compromised by the kind of mindless teen-movie “humanism” that De Palma so punkishly spat on. ...read more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    Comparisons are unfair and inevitable. But even when taken on its own terms, the new Carrie rings hollow, a horror movie that is unsure of itself, with little to offer the uninitiated and less to offer fans of the first film. ...

  • 38
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    The new Carrie is a thoroughly dispiriting remake — “retread” is the appropriate word — that could have been directed by any proficient Hollywood hack. ...read more

  • 30
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    Why did these talented folks decide to take on Carrie when they had nothing innovative to bring to it and, by refrying the same blood sausage, risked invidious comparison to the original? To put it another way: If the most modest expectations cannot be met, indeed must be crushed, then What Is Life? ...read more

  • 25
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    Hollywood’s ongoing campaign to remake every horror movie of the 1970s and ’80s has finally caught up with the Stephen King-Brian De Palma classic “Carrie,’’ and the results are distressingly anemic, pig blood and all. ...read more

  • 25
    The Playlist - by Kevin Jagernauth
    When the end comes, and the suggestion of a sequel is left faintly lingering (though not in the way you’re expecting), weariness descends on just how unimaginative Carrie is and how easily it settles for the expected, rather than striving to be excitingly refreshing. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    It’s a nearly exact copy of the original film that makes so few changes to the story that you have to wonder why they didn’t just use the original screenplay and do a shot-for-shot remake along the lines of Gus Van Sant’s pointless “Psycho” replica.