The questions been -- where are the CARRIE reviews? Well, I'm starting to spot them.
rottentomatoes.com is giving the movie an average rating of 5.4 out of 10.
Tim Hall at Seattle Pi give the film a B-, saying Moretz a "talented young actress" and that she and Moore bring out the best in each other (as actresses). He wonders, however, what exactly the film does to make it any different from the 1976 version. (blog.seattlepi.com)
Bruce DeMara at thestar.com isn't quite so generous. Giving the film 2 stars, he titles his review, "Carrie 2013 pales in comparison to 1976 original," and suggests in his opening line that the film is nothing more than an imitation of the 76 version. It kinda goes downhill from there. (thestar.com)
But Amy Nicholson at LA Weekly argues that Peirce didn't have to change anything for the movie to still pack a punch. However, Nicholson seems to be on her own agenda, attacking " puritanism" and speaking of the dangers of religious leaders who are "trying to keep a new generation of young women from learning how their bodies work." Huh? Does she think religious leaders today don't want girls to know about their period, or about sex, or about. . . who knows what. I'm a pastor (so I count int he "religious leaders" category) with four daughters, and we have no fears of our girls learning how their bodies work.
Nicholson seizes on Carrie as her own own platform to rant nutty unsupported attacks at groups of people she doesn't like (Home Schooling seems to also be on her naughty list.) Nicholson isn't reviewing a movie, she's standing on top of a movie throwing darts.
So -- my review of her review is that she sounds like a very angry person who wishes she was Carrie. Think I'm wrong? She writes, "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." (laweekly.com)
William Gross at film.com give CARRIE a 5.8 out of 10. He suggests that the movie "fails to become its own satisfyingly whole interpretation of coming-of-age horrors both literal and figurative. Its bloodshed may be all dressed up, but it ultimately has nowhere to go." (film.com)
And the reviews that matter. . . DREAD CENTRAL! Staci Layne gives it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Layne is pretty enthusiastic about the film, writing, "I am pleased to report that the Carrie remake takes the material seriously, and what’s more, it stays true to the Stephen King novel." And concludes, "People who haven’t seen the original will love it, and people who have seen the original should at least like it. (dreadcentral.com)