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A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.

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PAUSE for kids age 15
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Bloody horror remake focuses heavily on bullying, revenge.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Carrie is the newest adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling 1974 horror novel. Director Kimberly Peirce focuses even more on the bullying angle than her 1976 predecessor Brian De Palma, and the violent sequences are even bloodier: people are impaled, burned, stabbed, and bludgeoned to death; and a mother physically and emotionally abuses her daughter. The humiliation is also just as disturbing: Carrie is ruthlessly ridiculed and even recorded/photographed for being so upset at her first menstruation, and in the film's climax a vicious prank leads to her being covered in pig's blood. Although there's no nudity in the locker room scene, girls do appear in towels or just their bras and panties. There's also a good bit of passionate kissing as well as one sex scene between teens and some underage drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie can be considered a cautionary tale to high-school bullying. Is the sort of bullying depicted in the movie realistic, or is it over the top? Does the school handle the bullying incident appropriately?
  • How is coming of age and sexuality portrayed in the movie? Who in the movie has a healthy attitude toward adolescent sexuality? What are Mrs. White's thoughts on sexuality?
  • Does seeing the movie make you interested in reading Stephen King's book? Those who've read the book: Do you consider this version a faithful adaptation? How does it compare to the Brian de Palma version?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: What's scariest about Carrie in 2013 isn't that this wounded teenage girl has the power to kill -- it's that there are thousands of girls like her with no power at all.

- Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rotten: Literally a pallid imitation of the original.

- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fresh: Chloe 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.

- Cath Clarke, Time Out, Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Horror movie remakes are very hit and miss, and more times than not they fall in the "eh, that was ok" category. "Carrie" falls right into the heap as it isn't bad, but it's not great either. It's a remake of the 70's classic "Carrie" with Chloe Grace Moretz playing the title character. If you don't know what it's about then just go watch the remake(or read the book). Well actually, just watch the trailer because it gives 90 percent of this movie away. Now it's been decades since I've sat and watch the original. I remember liking it, but I was never a huge fan of it either. I can't really compare the two since it's been so long since I've seen it, but I think in 10 years when I think of "Carrie", I'll still be thinking of Sissy Spacek. Now, Moretz does good, but Julienne Moore, as her mother, steals the movie. She isn't in it a whole lot, but when she is, WOW. She plays crazy very good. The best thing about the movie for me is one of the death scenes at the end involving a windshield. It's pretty awesome and one of the 5 best kills of 2013 for sure. Is it worth watching? Sure! But don't expect a classic like the original, or a movie that's really gonna stick with you. But believe me there are a lot worse movies out there you can spend 90 minutes watching.

- fb100000145236770, Thursday, January 9, 2014

3 stars

You will know her name. Good popcorn movie! The film really gets into the emotional side of the story, we really get to know Carrie and get a sense of her loneliness. This in part is due to an excellent performance by Chloe Grace Moretz in what I really think is her best performance to date. She portrays the emotions of Carrie with such ease that you really feel for the character and think of her as a real person. But when it switches gears and her evil side appears, Moretz provides a very chilling performance. We are also given Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother. From the start of the film and until the very end, Moore shows just how unhinged Margaret White is, and she does it perfectly. Her performances leaves the viewer really unsettled with her dead and haunting performance. Overall Carrie is a very well-done and perfectly modernized remake that lets us get in touch emotionally with our lead, plenty of bloody moments, and most of all, amazing performances by Moretz and Moore. A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chlo Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

- MANUGINO, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2 stars


- aquateen2, Monday, January 6, 2014