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Does what good horror movies do: It taps into the baser emotions.
Entertainment Weekly
Emily Bergl plays the misfit heroine -- pale Goth grrrl Rachel Lang -- with a nicely sulky empathy, equal parts hurt and hope.
Chicago Sun-Times
The original "Carrie'' worked because it was a skillful teenage drama grafted onto a horror ending. Also, of course, because De Palma and his star, Sissy Spacek, made the story convincing. The Rage: Carrie 2 is more like a shadow.
USA Today
The original was a Midol moment, this is a Prozac exercise. [12 March 1999, Life, p.8E]
New York Daily News
Carrie is back and she's all the rage.
I have never been a fan of the original Carrie, but, despite the different slant offered by The Rage, there's not enough new material here for me to like the sequel any better.
It's not a cheap rip-off -- it's a credible sequel to a horror classic, and a sad reminder that some things never change.
Chicago Tribune
The sequel is about nothing more profound than an awkward teenager's desire for a really cute boyfriend. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.N]
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
It's possible to insult even a teenager's intelligence.
Maybe there's a real use for Carrie 2 after all. Stand it up against the original, and you have a pretty good lesson in what's happened to the movies in the last couple of decades.
Austin Chronicle
Toils in high school hell and doesn't even manage to come up with one good shock.

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