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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as Carrie White
as Margaret White
as Sue Snell
as Chris Hargensen
as Det. John Mulcahey
as Tommy Ross
as Ruby Moore
as Miss Dejarden
as Norma Watson
as Billy Nolan
as Helen Shyres
as Tina Blake
as Lou Garson
as Principal Morton
as John Hargensen
as Kenny Garson
as Jackie Talbot
as Roy Evarts
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Critic Reviews for Carrie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The remake was really boring.
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.
|Mrs. Margaret White:||(walks outside to see Little Carrie) Carrie, what am I supposed to tell you.|
|Mrs. Margaret White:||[walks outside to see Little Carrie] Carrie, what am I supposed to tell you.|
|Mrs. Margaret White:||(Little Carrie walks up to her as she talks to her and grabs her arm) Get in the house.... Right.... now.....|
|Mrs. Margaret White:||[Little Carrie walks up to her as she talks to her and grabs her arm] Get in the house. Right... now.|