Review Roundup: Chloe Grace Moretz Stars in CARRIE Reboot
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë 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 Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. (c) Sony
Let's see what the critics have to say:
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: "Despite being 40 years old now, the Carrie story lives quite comfortably in the 21st century. Here's the problem, though. The original film had King's ingenious plot, with its fusion of innocence and cruelty and that subliminal wink of demonic takeover, but it also had De Palma's voluptuous operatic style, which gave the story the quality of a daydream-turned-nightmare. When you take away that style and serve up the plot fairly straight, as Peirce does here, we seem to be watching a Carrie that's been flattened, robbed of its over-the-top emotional extravagance."
Colin Covert, Minneapolis StarTribune: "Moretz, a confident actress, doesn't project the vulnerability that made Sissy Spacek at once sympathetic and pathetic. We feel sorry for Moretz, but it's hard to see why she's singled out as an object of torment by her peers. Spacek was geekier, more awkward, with a wounded stare, the sort of ugly duckling that teenage swans would understandably attack. No matter how she hunches her shoulders and drops her eyes, Moretz doesn't have that invisible "Kick Me" sign on her back. When her Carrie snaps, she's less an innocent turned monster than an X-Men character having a really bad day."
Justin Chang, Variety: "Perhaps Peirce's shrewdest calculation is to play the Carrie-Margaret relationship almost completely straight (though "I can see your dirty pillows" still gets a laugh). Crucially, the characters' arguments are not just shrill screaming matches but careful negotiations of power and control (complicated at one point by Carrie's own impressive command of Scripture), which can suddenly give way to moments of striking tenderness. One senses that the love between mother and daughter, twisted beyond recognition though it may be, is chillingly genuine; they truly have no one else but each other."
Billy Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: "Comparisons are unfair and inevitable. But even when taken on its own terms, the new "Carrie" rings hollow, a horror movie that is unsure of itself, with little to offer the uninitiated and less to offer fans of the first film."