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Village Voice
A smart, realist drama -- I wouldn't be surprised if this one winds up on my 10-best list for '99.
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.
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.
The surprise of the movie is that it actually does have a talented director and star. It doesn't begin to make up for the low quality of the story or the numerous other unfortunate elements, but it does suggest little flashes of something that, with more thought, might actually have been somewhat interesting.
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.
As generic in every aspect as Brian De Palma's original was inventive.
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.
Only reason to watch this: the grisly reward Irving receives for being in this picture.

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