Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. 90
    A smart, realist drama -- I wouldn't be surprised if this one winds up on my 10-best list for '99.
  2. Does what good horror movies do: It taps into the baser emotions.
  3. Emily Bergl plays the misfit heroine -- pale Goth grrrl Rachel Lang -- with a nicely sulky empathy, equal parts hurt and hope.
  4. Dares to take a different tack, taking its young people seriously in a more realistic context. If ever there was a director ready to graduate from genre films, it surely is Shea. [12 March, 1999, Calendar, p.F-6]
  5. 60
    Even as you're wincing at what you thought was misguided earnestness, it's being subverted by filmmakers who've turned many of the genre's weaknesses into tiny triumphs.
  6. 50
    The original "Carrie'' worked because it was a skillful teenage drama grafted onto a horror ending. Also, of course, because De Palma and his star, Sissy Spacek, made the story convincing. The Rage: Carrie 2 is more like a shadow.
  7. Carrie is back and she's all the rage.
  8. 50
    The original was a Midol moment, this is a Prozac exercise. [12 March 1999, Life, p.8E]
  9. 50
    I have never been a fan of the original Carrie, but, despite the different slant offered by The Rage, there's not enough new material here for me to like the sequel any better.
  10. 50
    It's not a cheap rip-off -- it's a credible sequel to a horror classic, and a sad reminder that some things never change.
  11. The surprise of the movie is that it actually does have a talented director and star. It doesn't begin to make up for the low quality of the story or the numerous other unfortunate elements, but it does suggest little flashes of something that, with more thought, might actually have been somewhat interesting.
  12. 50
    Better than an opportunistic sequel has any right to be, but still pretty flawed.
  13. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Uninspired Update, Unintentional Laughs.
  14. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    As generic in every aspect as Brian De Palma's original was inventive.
  15. 38
    The sequel is about nothing more profound than an awkward teenager's desire for a really cute boyfriend. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.N]
  16. It's possible to insult even a teenager's intelligence.
  17. Reviewed by: B.J. Sigesmund
    It's just a standard, mediocre horror flick that wants to be taken seriously. The creators missed the point entirely: even teenagers know that there's no audience for this type of film anymore.
  18. Maybe there's a real use for Carrie 2 after all. Stand it up against the original, and you have a pretty good lesson in what's happened to the movies in the last couple of decades.
  19. 20
    Toils in high school hell and doesn't even manage to come up with one good shock.
  20. 20
    A truly dreadful sequel.
  21. Only reason to watch this: the grisly reward Irving receives for being in this picture.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Feb 13, 2014
    I really liked this movie. It brought a new spin from the original while still maintaining the essence of a revenge movie. Both films were very enjoyable and I got what I asked for in a sequel, a lot of the same with a new coat of paint. If you loved the first one and are hoping for something completely different you will be disappointed. Full Review »
  2. Oct 18, 2013
    I give 2 for this movie it wasn't too bad to be a Sequel and Carrie 2013 is the same movie as Carrie 2002 Bad acting and i'm sure they make another remake movie of Carrie in 4 years Full Review »
  3. Oct 22, 2012
    There is nothing worse than watching a bad movie while being constantly reminded of a great one , Wait for another Carrie movie this is the 4th movie Carrie 2013 , The Carrie 2013 is gonna be the same as Carrie 2002. Full Review »