'Carrie' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
91%
Rotten Tomatoes:   48 reviews
  • Richard Eder New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    It is sometimes funny in a puzzling kind of way, it is generally overwrought in an irritating kind of way, and once in a while it is inappropriately touching.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    More superpowers from Brian De Palma, this time in high school, in a screen version of a Stephen King novel that's become a horror classic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Brian De Palma's Carrie is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that's the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in Jaws.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This 1976 thriller, about a high school outcast (Sissy Spacek) who uses her telekinetic powers to massacre the graduating class, contains a number of interesting ideas. But as with most of his films, De Palma can't keep track of them.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    60
    There is little suspense or dramatic tension; everything plays out like bad melodrama or cheap exploitation.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Simon Miraudo Quickflix
    90
    Carrie is one of the most heart-breaking and cringe-worthy high school dramas ever made, and that's before she even gets to her apocalyptic revenge.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Total Film
    80
    Brian De Palma transcends the pulpy horror feel by emphasising the awakening-sexuality metaphor, and using some glorious trickery.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Teresa Talerico Common Sense Media
    80
    Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Blake French Filmcritic.com
    50
    I might be the only person in the world who thinks Brian De Palma's 1976 classic thriller Carrie (now out on DVD) is one of the most overrated, disappointing horror films of all time, but I stand behind my review, and I swear I can knock down just about a
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lucius Gore ESplatter
    100
    ... [O]ne of the best horror films of the 1970s.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    67
    The first big hit directed by Brian De Palma.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrew Collins Empire Magazine
    100
    The reason Carrie is still held in such high regard as a horror classic is very simple: it's all in the sheer directorial bravado. De Palma at the top of his game.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Film4
    Carrie rivals The Shining for the title of greatest ever Stephen King adaptation.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    The film has a strikingly unsettling mood that enhances its power and gives it an impact that the story would otherwise lack. Much of the credit, though, must go to Spacek, who so convincingly portrays Carrie's pain and her longing for acceptance.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star
    100
    The bulk of "Carrie" is not a gore-fest, but a prescient tone poem about the mental torture of social outcasts in high school halls in the pre-Columbine era.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Eric Henderson Slant Magazine
    100
    Carrie might be a film about high school, but it was perhaps Brian De Palma's first completely mature film.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    De Palma's Gothic thriller is at once trashy and lyrical, a nasty revenge story in which its misfit-Cinederella-like heroine (an exquisite Sissy Spacek) discovers her sexuality under the most terrifying conditions.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    The fierce sympathy it extends to its unfashionable central character puts the film a million miles above the contemporary line in sick exploitation.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily
    100
    A total knockout. Piper Laurie gives a bravura performance as Carrie's religious fanatic mother, one of the creepiest movie characters ever.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Brian Juergens Bloody Disgusting
    100
    A nearly perfect film. The combination of pathos, shocks, and grand guignol excess is orchestrated with jaw-dropping precision by young Depalma, whose later films would pale by comparison.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Barbara Thomas Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Young director Brian DePalma is fast making his reputation in the genre of the suspense-horror film.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    100
    Full Review » 10 years ago