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Carrie (2013)

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Critic Consensus: It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce's "reimagining" of Brian De Palma's horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel -- and feels woefully unnecessary.

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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. (c) Sony

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Cast

Chloë Grace Moretz
as Carrie White
Julianne Moore
as Margaret White
Gabriella Wilde
as Sue Snell
Alex Russell
as Billy Nolan
Ansel Elgort
as Tommy Ross
Portia Doubleday
as Chris Hargensen
Judy Greer
as Miss Desjardin
Barry Shabaka Henley
as Principal Morton
Arlene Mazerolle
as Miss Helen Finch
Evan Gilchrist
as Greg Delois
Eddie Max Huband
as Harry Trenant
Tyler Rushton
as Neighborhood Kid
Connor Price
as Freddy 'Beak' Holt
Jefferson Brown
as Mr. Ulmann
Cynthia Preston
as Eleanor Snell
Kyle Mac
as Kenny
Derek McGrath
as Head Commissioner
Christopher Britton
as Dr. Dean L. McDuffy
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (41)

Peirce wants to make a hit, and, even with source material this strange, it feels as though she has. But if so, that's all she has made.

December 10, 2013 | Full Review…

It looks uncannily at home in 2013.

November 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This glossy modern horror refit is a pale shadow of Brian De Palma's seminal 1976 film.

November 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Moretz replicates Laurie's pixie-featured Medusa gaze while Moore does the Spacek flayed-skull look.

November 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What the movie loses in kicky sensationalism, it sometimes gains in psychological nuance.

November 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The result is efficient, but only tentatively updated to the digital age of cyberbullying and social media, and it is strangely pointless.

November 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carrie

This passable remake is proof that you can redo a great film in a different way and still obtain an effective result, even if far from the same level of quality - and most of its faults can be attributed to stylistic excesses and obvious inconsistencies that appear in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Unnecessary remake that is still somewhat entertaining during the set-up but totally falls apart during the infamous prom scene. Even the great Chloe Moretz feels oddly out of place channeling X-Men gestures as she is laying waste to the small town. There is nothing scary about this film except for her mother's religious fanaticism. And the final anti-mobbing statement feels really dumb.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

It's been 40 years since Stephen King published his first novel. Over the proceeding decades we would see an onslaught of King's work translated to the big screen, some with great results and the others resulting in garbage, but that's the way it is with a body of work that is continuously wanted by an eager public. This is the third time that the first novel by King has been presented, the first being Brian DePalma's early classic that exhibits all that DePalma was to be, good or bad, and starred and excellent Sissy Spacek as the title character. There was a sequel somewhere, a TV remake (neither of which I can comment on because why should we bother). This newest version comes to us from director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), bringing us an examination of a scared, uninitiated high school girl from an actual woman. Who would have thought... The story is the same. Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) has lived a sheltered life with her mother (Julianne Moore), a religious zealot trying to make amends with what she considers a hedonistic past. As always, this goes great for a senior in high school who becomes a woman in the middle of gym class. a guilt ridden fellow student decides to have her boyfriend take Carrie to the prom to make amends, but other students aren't as guilty as she. If you have seen any other the previous incarnations, you know the rest. The film is your basic rehash of the original film and book. There is nothing new here. It's the same animal as 40 years ago. The big finish is epic and satisfying, but the ending leaves something to be desired, almost taking a twist into action overload Michael Bay territory. This is where the original film has the advantage over this new model. The ending here is just to much for a film such as this. It just doesn't gel with the rest of the film. As always, remakes are remakes and Hollywood still tries to milk an old franchise for all its worth. Carrie is a simple rehash that isn't even twisted around a bit to bring us something new. Unless you're viewing this for free, skip it. You've seen the original. Go find a nice independent film or documentary. Experience something new.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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