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Carrie (2002)



Critic Consensus: This made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's classic fails to impress or bring anything new to the table, - or to the prom - paling even more in comparison to the 1970's memorable version.

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This made-for-TV remake of the classic movie chiller Carrie is slightly more faithful to the original Stephen King novel--and slightly less profane and violent. Following in the bloody footsteps of Sissy Spacek, Angela Bettis stars as woebegone high school girl Carrie White, whose shy and awkward demeanor obscures the fact that she is "gifted" with awesome telekinetic powers. As part of a cruel and vicious student prank, Carrie's better-looking and more socially savvy classmates arrange for the hapless heroine to be elected prom queen--and one does not have to have seen the original film to know the terror that is unleashed once Carrie is crowned (in more ways than one). The climax is infinitely more "high tech" than in the 1976 film, but whether it is equally as frightening is a matter of taste; additionally, the 2002 version boasts a radically different ending, one that could very well accommodate a sequel or two...or three... Patricia Clarkson reprises the old Piper Laurie role as Carrie's abusive religious-fanatic mother. Carrie first aired November 4, 2002, on NBC.

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Angela Bettis
as Carrie White
Patricia Clarkson
as Margaret White
Kandyse McClure
as Sue Snell
Emilie De Ravin
as Chris Hargensen
David Keith
as Det. John Mulcahey
Tobias Mehler
as Tommy Ross
Jasmine Guy
as Ruby Moore
Rena Sofer
as Miss Dejarden
Meghan Black
as Norma Watson
Jesse Cadotte
as Billy Nolan
Chelan Simmons
as Helen Shyres
Sean Tyler Foley
as Lou Garson
Laurie Murdoch
as Principal Morton
Michael Kopsa
as John Hargensen
Miles Meadows
as Kenny Garson
Malcom Scott
as Jackie Talbot
Steve Byers
as Roy Evarts
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Poor little Carrie didn't need the big buildup. She's too familiar as it is, and despite a worthy star, she's all dressed up with no new, intriguing place to go.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

In the hands of director David Carson (Star Trek: Generations; From the Earth to the Moon), NBC's updated Carrie is more effective than I anticipated. The film -- especially the first half -- had me in a spell.

January 16, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Too much of "Carrie" feels padded, that we're watching an extra 45 seconds or a minute in certain scenes just to get them to fill out the time until the commercial break or allow in more f/x.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…
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In the time it takes you to watch the remake, you could drive to the nearest video/DVD outlet, watch the original "Carrie" at home and return it -- and still have an hour to spare.

January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The homogenized quality of much network fare is especially frustrating here, in what should have been, if not a heartfelt study of youthful angst, at least a horribly good time.

January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

It ranks with the finest of TV's adaptations of Stephen King. Granted, that's not saying much, but this Carrie is popcorn-chomping fun.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carrie


I really don't know why they remade this at all. They didn't improve on the original at all. Patricia Clarkson is a less scary villain, the plot makes less sense, all the schoolgirls are flatter and Angela Bettis is horrible in this. I did like the way Sue voluntarily forfeited her prom ticket and how Tommy genuinely treated Carrie nicely, and Rena Sofer created a better and more believable Miss Desjardins. But the addition of the flashback storytelling and the extraneous headgames that Sue seems to be trying to play with the detective seemed out of place. This is a movie with no imagination.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

The remake was really boring.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


I think everyone knows the story of Carrie. The strange innocent misfit who's teased mercilessly and maliciously by a few of her school peers. and develops her telekinetic powers to protect herself after a particularly cruel and humiliating prank is pulled on her. Well, I think I enjoyed this because it put a different spin on the original story. That is, the story is told after the fact in a series of interviews conducted by the police. The movie has a good cast and the script is good. The special effects, while used to good effect, aren't particularly 'special', but the camera work, particularly in the ballroom scene when everyone is panicking, is deplorable. I've taken better home movies. Still, if you can ignore that.... Overall I really enjoyed this telemovie and would recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of a scare and to be entertained, and not I'll probably be burned at the stake for this too, but I preferred Angela Bettis charactisation of Carrie to Sissy Spaceks in the original.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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