Peirce wants to make a hit, and, even with source material this strange, it feels as though she has. But if so, that's all she has made.
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.
It is a timeless thing for all of us, the ritual of high-school expectation and heartache. Once again, as it did nearly 40 years ago, Carrie turns it into an experience of biblical proportions.
The movie is very good, both as a first-order viewing experience and as a contemporary gloss on Brian De Palma's classic 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's novel.
Rather than fixing some of the problems with De Palma's approach and trying something fresh, Peirce compounds them.
Peirce is gifted, but she lacks the ability of directors like DePalma to transform schlock into something deeply personal.
The new Carrie isn't atrocious - just flat and uninspired and compromised by the kind of mindless teen-movie "humanism" that De Palma so punkishly spat on.
Matt Zoller Seitz
There's a lot to like in this remake. It's sincerely interested in exploring the pain that its characters suffer and inflict.
Moore is terrifying as a guilt-addled true believer, and Moretz caresses her role when she gets the chance. And the hot topics do indeed remain hot.