News

First IT Reactions: Best Stephen King Adaptation Of All Time?

Early reactions have dropped on social media, and it's looking scary good.

by | August 26, 2017 | Comments

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

The social media embargo for Stephen King’s IT lifted last night, releasing the first wave of critics’ reactions into the world. While nobody has reviewed the movie in full yet, we’ve got a consensus on the horror adaptation and it’s quite positive. Sounds like it’s not just the scariest movie of the year, but it may even be a horror classic.

Could this be one of the most acclaimed King adaptations when the reviews do drop? Currently, the top title is the 1976 version of Carrie, which has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s followed by non-horror movies Stand By Me (91%) and The Shawshank Redemption (91%), with 1983’s The Dead Zone (90%) and Misery (89%) rounding up the top five (see the rest of the rankings here).

Here’s some of the praise for IT circulating on Twitter:

It is everything I hoped for and more. Has heart, laughs and TONS of incredible scares. Fell in love with the Losers. Didn’t want it to end.
Perri Nemiroff, Collider

Just saw It. Really well done. Cast were all great with some twisted visuals. Going to make a ton of money. Ready for the sequel tomorrow.
Steven Weintraub, Collider

Saw It. I loved it. Then took trash out in my empty, dark, stairwell…SH*T FREAKED ME OUT CAUSE THAT MOVIE SCARED ME LIKE FOR REAL.
Mark E. Reilly, Collider

I love It. It’s everything I wanted. Scary as sh*t, Skarsgard nails Pennywise, and the Losers are perfection.
Haleigh Foutch, Collider

Thrilled I can now say that It is spectacular. Totally terrifying, but also amazing fun (the Losers are PERFECT). Top 10 candidate for me.
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

LOVED It. Captured the spirit of the book & still created something new. Perfect combo of dark and fun. And the Losers Club was PERFECT!
Rachel Heine, Nerdist

It was spooktacular. Great cast, surprisingly funny, and genuinely unnerving scares. You’ll still be freaked out when you get home.
Dan Casey, Nerdist

I can finally talk about It. New adaptation is more fun, frightening and familiar than you think.
Mara Reinstein, Mara Movies

I liked it! Kids are great. BSkars is great. Also, surprisingly, it’s pretty dang funny.
Rebecca Pahle, Film Journal International

It was terrifying and hilarious and delightful, so we’re deciding to see how this thing goes.
Terri Schwartz, IGN

I can say I saw It tonight. And it was great. Cast is excellent. And, yes, [Pennywise] is scary! This will be a, ahem, monster at the box office.
Jim Vejvoda, IGN

It makes me nostalgic for when I used to get scared by things, because I don’t anymore. But man oh man, if you still do…
Fred Topel, We Live Entertainment

It: a carnival funhouse of a film; loud, scary, funny. And best of all: it has heart.
Chris Evangelista, CutPrintFilm

Looks like we might be looking at a potentially high Tomatometer score! Watch the trailer for IT again below and see the movie when it opens on September 8:

Tag Cloud

zombie disaster dragons Election Disney Channel TIFF Logo RT21 E3 SDCC Apple Biopics mockumentary 2018 finale Hulu blaxploitation TruTV Lifetime ESPN cults talk show DGA Pet Sematary historical drama spy thriller spider-man CW Seed Oscars Netflix AMC 24 frames Mary Poppins Returns NBC natural history Spike BBC Fall TV Emmys Superheroes Watching Series Amazon Music BET aliens Superheroe witnail DC streaming service GoT ITV Fantasy Kids & Family Mary poppins Spectrum Originals Sneak Peek USA Epix technology Box Office Food Network facebook Freeform travel Vudu Animation comic Comic Book Mary Tyler Moore composers HBO 2019 Super Bowl OWN ABC Reality golden globes Nominations Sony Pictures Amazon Prime 2015 comiccon Teen Chernobyl Mystery justice league social media Dark Horse Comics GIFs Opinion History Year in Review PBS zombies cooking docudrama Grammys game show Esquire 20th Century Fox Lionsgate psycho Warner Bros. 45 Character Guide LGBTQ green book Tomatazos Shondaland serial killer mutant discovery elevated horror Film Festival Universal Video Games FX First Look Musical adaptation DC Universe Starz Pirates MCU Comedy Central Winter TV casting dceu President YA DC Comics Winners Marathons Masterpiece period drama Christmas Syfy Summer Trailer dc sports binge Lucasfilm space boxoffice crime thriller transformers IFC RT History Star Trek vampires Toys Countdown Interview Fox News Martial Arts what to watch TCA Song of Ice and Fire dramedy based on movie Sci-Fi VH1 Awards Tour diversity Pride Month See It Skip It El Rey Bravo Schedule medical drama Musicals science fiction E! animated Star Wars Tumblr biography Britbox Trophy Talk The CW unscripted Comedy Creative Arts Emmys thriller Country Women's History Month Anna Paquin Stephen King The Arrangement crossover Best and Worst Black Mirror adventure Rocketman BBC America FOX zero dark thirty anime TBS psychological thriller Rocky Certified Fresh SXSW true crime Reality Competition award winner cats Marvel ABC Family festivals Elton John Brie Larson Cannes Acorn TV Set visit Nickelodeon Pop Cartoon Network Calendar 2016 IFC Films supernatural American Society of Cinematographers YouTube Premium Awards war TV Land LGBT hist crime drama 007 romance Nat Geo A&E New York Comic Con SundanceTV TLC Action Trivia 21st Century Fox Ghostbusters Adult Swim cops Red Carpet anthology Ellie Kemper Heroines The Witch richard e. Grant Showtime Captain marvel Paramount DirecTV USA Network miniseries Sundance Now TCM Mudbound Quiz Disney CNN Photos theme song APB Extras Western sitcom FXX Valentine's Day National Geographic MSNBC crime NYCC San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Podcast Horror Ovation Tarantino TNT teaser Cosplay ratings Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt PaleyFest Rom-Com Paramount Network Shudder Infographic TV streaming YouTube Red Sundance cinemax CMT MTV Spring TV Thanksgiving Walt Disney Pictures TCA 2017 television GLAAD Rock politics Columbia Pictures X-Men CBS Writers Guild of America Crackle doctor who Holidays VICE spinoff harry potter Pixar strong female leads jamie lee curtis sequel robots Comics on TV political drama CBS All Access toy story WGN Chilling Adventures of Sabrina police drama nature Mindy Kaling Polls and Games singing competition Drama Premiere Dates