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Stephen King's It1990

Stephen King's It (1990)



Critic Consensus: Though hampered by an uneven second half, It supplies a wealth of funhouse thrills and an idelible turn from Tim Curry as Pennywise.

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Based on one of Stephen King's bestselling novels, this is a story told in flashbacks. In a small town, a group of children are terrorized in their youth by an evil force. Thirty years later, when they learn of a new series of child murders, they return to see if they can't stop it once and for all. Adults now, with success in diverse careers, they still must come to terms with their pasts and with the evil that stalks their New England home town, and their own fears and nightmares.

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Richard Thomas
as Bill Denbrough
John Ritter
as Ben Hanscom
Annette O'Toole
as Beverly Marsh
Tim Curry
as Pennywise
Tim Reid
as Mike Hanlon
Harry Anderson
as Richie Tozier
Dennis Christopher
as Eddie Kaspbrak
Richard Masur
as Stan Uris
Olivia Hussey
as Audra Denborough
Jonathan Brandis
as Bill Denborough (age 12)
Emily Perkins
as Beverly Marsh (age 12)
Seth Green
as Richie Tozier (age 12)
Adam Faraizl
as Eddie Kaspbrak (age 12)
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's It

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

The result, featuring a strong cast, is far better than any adaptation so far of a King book.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

There is something very poignant and warming about these kids, branded as losers, closely bonding and banding together in "It" to battle not only the town bullies, but also the demonic Pennywise.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The four-hour package makes an eerie supernatural tale, spiced with substantial good-versus-evil subtext and musings on the power of friendship.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a fun house of supernatural horror, with copious blood but little violence. It's creepy, but just too darn corny at times to be the stuff of nightmares or paranoia - unless you happen to be a child.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

In addition to It's slow pace, I found the ending a big letdown.

October 8, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A horror sci-fi miniseries these days is as rare as moon rocks, as far and few between as known inhabited planets. And make no mistake, It is a humdinger, one big kicky ride thanks to the charismatic acting of Curry as savage, sneering malevolence.

March 13, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stephen King's It

Tim Curry steals every scene he appears in as the iconic villain Pennywise the Clown, but in an irregular horror movie that works pretty well in its first half yet sinks almost tragically in a second part that is too repetitious and goes downhill towards a lame conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Stephen King's "IT" is both amazing and awful at the same time. It's a never-ending scream-fest of a film that tries very very hard to earn jump scares, and while some of them work, some of them fall flat on their face. I loved portions of this film, seeing as some of the campy horror made me chuckle and I was along for the ride, but I also hated some of it, because the winks at the audience are kind of annoying. It it almost like they are telling you are stuck in a movie and you want to watch the rest. "IT" is like a bad drug. Ugly, unfunny, not scary, and laughable in every way. It's a pretty weak film at it's core.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

An effective, campy horror movie about seven children who are terrorized by a demonic clown (Tim Curry) who lives in the sewers, and how they make a pact to come together if the clown comes back later. Thirty years later, it does. Although it stumbles horribly at its conclusion and the acting is extremely cheesy at parts, this movie is still watchable and likeable enough thanks mainly to the performance of Tim Curry, who creates such a unique, terrifying villain who you can't keep your eyes off of. Some aspects of the story are handled a little clumsily, but you still believe the friendship between these characters, and you are always kept guessing when the clown will pop up again. Not enough to fully recommend, but I can understand the wide appeal it has garnered, as well as the full-scale fear of clowns many people from my generation have as a result of this film.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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