Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin C. Johnson
    Oct 17, 2013
    88
    Long before the blood starts spilling, it’s clear the new team has mostly nailed it. The reboot is as good a Carrie remake as possible, though it’s not truly a scary movie; the film takes its time living up to its R rating.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Oct 18, 2013
    75
    For all the psychological realism of Carrie and Margaret's relationship, however, this remake has a comic book feeling.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 17, 2013
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 17, 2013
    75
    It’s as affecting as drama as it is effective as horror. It wrenches, even as it unnerves.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 17, 2013
    75
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Oct 17, 2013
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 17, 2013
    70
    Ms. Peirce plays up the story’s religious themes and Carrie’s burgeoning power as she discovers her telekinetic gifts, even as the dread of the female body that deepens Mr. De Palma’s version somehow goes missing.
  8. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 23, 2013
    67
    Carrie has proved itself to be a remarkably resilient tale that’s not likely to be plugged up anytime soon.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 18, 2013
    67
    Peirce is gifted, but she lacks the ability of directors like DePalma to transform schlock into something deeply personal.
  10. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 17, 2013
    67
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 17, 2013
    63
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Nov 29, 2013
    60
    One of the more solid ’70s horror remakes, but it lacks the verve and potency, romance and heartache of the original. Still, the haircuts are a vast improvement...
  13. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Nov 26, 2013
    60
    Moretz is unnervingly talented, but Carrie is not a role she was born to play. She hasn’t a victim’s bone in her body and fluffs the early scenes when the mean girls pick on her.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Dinning
    Nov 25, 2013
    60
    A remake that doesn’t see the legacy of Carrie White burn in hell. But not one that adds much to it either.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 18, 2013
    60
    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.
  16. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    Peirce has done a remaking rather than a reimagining.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    Where Sissy Spacek seemed otherworldly and haunted in De Palma’s film, Moretz (“Hugo,” “Kick-Ass”) is sadder. She’s a terrific young actress.
  18. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    Director Kimberly Peirce’s intermittently effective third feature eschews De Palma’s diabolical wit and voluptuous style in favor of a somber, straight-faced retelling, steeped in a now-familiar horror-movie idiom of sharp objects, shuddering sound effects and dark rivulets of blood.
  20. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Oct 17, 2013
    58
    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.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 20, 2013
    50
    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.
  22. 50
    So yes, even if you know how this story goes, there are moments that work wickedly well in between the needlessly drawn out ones, by which I mean the entire, predictable third act.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Rather than offering new blood, Carrie is a purely cosmetic revamp.
  24. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    This Carrie comes off like a Lifetime film, adding little new and nothing substantial to improve on DePalma’s classic.
  25. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    This Carrie becomes less involving as it goes along, ceding its emotional power to special effects and unconvincing gore, and culminating with a closing shot so lame and uninspired, it’s as if the filmmakers just gave up and called it a day.
  26. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Despite the talent involved and the notoriety of the source material, Carrie feels strangely small, even television-sized.
  27. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 17, 2013
    42
    It’s a strange thing to say about a movie so obsessed with the red stuff, but this Carrie is bloodless.
  28. 40
    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.
  29. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 17, 2013
    40
    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.
  30. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 17, 2013
    38
    The new Carrie is a thoroughly dispiriting remake — “retread” is the appropriate word — that could have been directed by any proficient Hollywood hack.
  31. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 20, 2013
    30
    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?
  32. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    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.
  33. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    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.
  34. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    In focusing on predominately kid-gloves portrayals of her teen players, Kimberly Peirce never properly addresses the machinery behind their doom, which is why the film is relentlessly lifeless when it's not literally ripping off De Palma shot-for-shot.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 104
  2. Negative: 32 out of 104
  1. Oct 19, 2013
    10
    I already knew that critics would be bashing this since it's a remake but this movie was great! Your feel the emotion and pain of Carrie throughout the movie and then she snaps and when she does it is intense I loved it! The only thing negative was that by the end I loved the intensity so much that I was craving for more! All in all a 10 out of 10! Full Review »
  2. Oct 20, 2013
    5
    It's a movie of two parts the first, which includes everything up to the prom "bucket" sequence, is really pretty good. The only weak element for me was Julianne Moore's character. I generally love Moore, but this role is one dimensional and weak. But again, the first part is similar to so many other movies of this type Some Kind of Wonderful, etc. But the revenge sequence at the prom and following was just entirely crappy, boring, and stupid. Sure, she had to get some kind of revenge, but it could have been SO much more creative. Full Review »
  3. Oct 18, 2013
    10
    this movie is amazing one of the best remakes q is an fact as it has a great performance moretz julian moore and a great special effects, great direction and modern twist King's novel needed Full Review »