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A new Carrie means, by and large, more of everything: more twitchiness from a now excruciatingly shy shut-in (Chloë Grace Moretz), more amplified shame via viral videos posted by catty mean girls, more blood (from five different camera angles). Only Julianne Moore, as the Bible-thumping mom, has an instinct to go softer – how couldn’t she, after Piper Laurie? – and it’s a move that feels wrong, the role requiring its cantatory bigness.

Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) understands the crude power of Stephen King’s first published novel, soaked in menstrual panic and the hauteur of do-gooders. But her serviceable remake feels depressingly yoked to the look and feel of Brian De Palma’s 1976 original classic, down to the set design. (There’s even a hint of locker-room slo-mo.) It should have been an opportunity for a transfusion of timeliness: How about an Adderall-spiked college applicant and one of those overbearing tiger moms?

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 100
  • Released: Thu, 28 Nov
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Kimberly Peirce
  • Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Zoë Belkin, Ansel Elgort, Samantha Weinstein

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