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In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.
Drama Horror - This is an adaptation of the popular Stephen King horror novel, but
unlike the popular 1990 television miniseries version, this only
focuses on the cast of characters as young pre-to-early-teens, not as
adults. While the main characters are kids, this film is definitely
not for them, not only due to the scary moments and brutal violence,
but also due to language and very frank raunchy pubescent talk among
them, so parents should also take note on that front; there is also
some child molestation themes. The cast being
mostly young people, there are no huge stars here.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 24 S-words; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Raunchy comic sex talk by teens. VIOLENCE: Fights and brutal bloody killings, often involving kids and teens. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Cigarette smoking by teens. ACTION: Chases and fights. COMEDY: Banter and wisecracks, often raunchy and sometimes dark; sight gags.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good ...horror, like a road movie, is more about the journey than the destination, and It offers a strong and creepy ride. Stephen King fans can rejoice that Hollywood has done justice to one of the author's scary books.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "It” could have used a bit of tightening as it builds toward its climax... While the imagery is undeniably harrowing and even poignant in the action-packed third act, some of it feels dragged out and redundant.
USA TodayFull Review Good The infamous clown is plenty freaky, though it's the youngsters, bursting with hormones and one-liners, who make It one of the better Stephen King adaptations. Though it's a little long and doesn't perfectly execute its grand ambitions, the movie emphasizes the story's nuanced coming-of-age sentiment rather than being all horror, all the time, capturing the low-key brilliance of King's writing.
NY PostFull Review Good Even a kid's tremulous descent into a basement — one that's devoid of clowns — will give you the shivers, largely thanks to King, who's made a career of imbuing the darkness with all of our most personalized fears.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 65 moviegoers:
TEENS: Great Reviews from both the males and females!Everyone either loved it or enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Over 80% of the males and females either loved it or enjoyed it very much. Only a relatively small percentage rated it as low as "average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
ADULTS: Half the males and females loved "IT." About 20% of the males rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Only about 5% of the ladies gave it an "above average" rating. Nearly 30% of the males and 40% of the ladies felt it was just an "average" movie. About 8% of the ladies were disappointed, which is extremely low for this type of movie. Usually, horror movies have much wider ranging reviews (many love it and many hate it).