It

It

1990
Drama
Fantasy
TV Mini-Series
3h 12m
Seven youths have to defeat a demonic creature named Pennywise which dresses in a clown suit and terrorizes a 1960's town in Maine. (imdb)
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It

1990
Drama
Fantasy
TV Mini-Series
3h 12m
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Avg Percentile 41.38% from 3649 total ratings

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Rated 02 Feb 2008
1
10th
This movie manages to bend the space time continuem with a running time of several thousand years.
Rated 20 Mar 2010
45
36th
Back then: Scariest shit ever. Now: Straight to TV horror schlock lifted substantially by Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown.
Rated 25 Jan 2012
60
38th
There are two movies to review here. The one with the kids gets an 80 and the one with the adults gets a 20. There are enough creepy clown moments that you only ever need to see it once and you'll still see that clown coming out of your shower drain.
Rated 13 Sep 2008
98
98th
TimCurry plays the "ghost of my past". Got so many sleepless nights as a child because of this Movie. One of the best King movies ever. Stands behind the Novel but a very good movie, no doubt
Rated 17 May 2008
84
86th
this is the only time where the unfounded fears of children about clowns being demonic creatures have been given evidence, facinating to think that this movie may have single handedly killed an entire profession.
Rated 01 Oct 2009
30
15th
I watched it when it came out, as a 12-year old looking for action-packed horrorfests. The only thing I can remember clearly is that I wanted to dig it but was by and large bored. Most of Stephen King's stuff struggles to be interesting anyway, and here the same mistake was made as with Salem's Lot: Overstretching Stephen King adaptations does not cure them of their dreary mediocrity.
Rated 20 May 2009
75
71st
I think the book is better, deeper. The story is great, but too much complex to adapt a film. Anyway, it is a scary movie, especially the clown Pennywise, pretty cool.
Rated 03 Mar 2020
78
51st
Watched only out of curiosity after seeing the 2019 film version & this is both not that bad for what it is (it obviously lacks the budget or CGI capabilities to have the kind of impact the films do) & also lacking something in terms of direction, even for television with certain scenes shot in a very basic way (like It in the sewer drain). Still the fortune cookie scene is simpler & less wacky; Ritter's nice guy vibes are always welcome; & his initial disbelief of O'Toole's confession is fun.
Rated 12 Feb 2008
73
53rd
I remember this from HS, the clown was super creepy. that is all.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
65
45th
Watchable for Tim Curry's Pennywise and to see the child actors outperform their adult counterparts.
Rated 25 Mar 2018
68
44th
I ranked this quite a bit lower earlier. It's actually pretty decent, although some parts almost require you to have read the book. The budget shows a bit too much, especially in the end.
Rated 11 Feb 2007
64
53rd
Very clever, well acted, and a good script. Tim Curry is frightening as Pennywise the clown, and good performances from most of the cast make this movie very watchable. The terrible ending really ruined this film for me.
Rated 10 Sep 2017
40
18th
The first half of this film is great. Tim Curry as Pennywise absolutely destroys. Great performances from the children. However, the second half with the adults is boring. It just keeps going and going and going. Everyone that nostalgically remembers this film forgets about the second half.
Rated 15 Feb 2008
61
21st
i watched this film on tv when i was a child .the day i became scare (or hate) clowns.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
67th
There are some films I rate highly because of reasons that don't often fall into that of a regular critique. I'm aware that the second half of the film turns into a horrid comedy and ruins the atmosphere of the first half, but I still love it. I love it because I love Pennywise himself. Because Curry is so brilliant. And because I first caught a glimpse of him when I was very young and he destroyed my life every time I had to go to sleep for years. For so long I thought I had dreamed he existed.
Rated 05 Aug 2018
70
44th
The score is out of respect to Tim Curry and his performance. Something something read the book instead.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
92
80th
If you hate clowns already, stay away from IT. If you don't, you'll hate them AFTER you see this movie! An awesome Stephen King book-turned-movie, and Tim Curry is fucking evil as Pennywise the Dancing Clown who terrorizes a group of kids (later adults) in the small town of Dairy.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
90
87th
Awesome
Rated 18 Jul 2008
61
39th
I found part one to be exactly what "It" set out to be. A creepy and scary movie. Tim Curry is terrifying in my books. Part 2 just seems to fall apart with the "final battle" that includes special effects so laughably dated that it completely destroys the frights from the first half.
Rated 29 Nov 2011
40
14th
It hasn't aged well, but it was damn scary when it first came in. Mostly because of how good Tim Curry was as Pennywise. I would later read the book and come to find how much this movie strayed from it (and not at all in a good way). Beyond nostalgic reasons I doubt this will be many people's idea of a good film.
Rated 24 Dec 2007
100
87th
Verrry Scary!!
Rated 23 Jan 2008
85
94th
Everybody I've spoken to who, like me, saw this as a child agree that this was a highlight and also a somewhat scarring experience. So, naturally, I made sure to introduce it to my younger brother when he got (nearly) old enough. Back then I was particularly caught up in the first half where you have a sense of sharing these kids' impossibly horrific situation, and how can anybody disremember Tim Curry's astoundingly creepy villain?
Rated 25 Apr 2011
40
21st
Unintentionally (or not?) hilarious
Rated 19 Feb 2007
60
23rd
Part 1 is actually quite good, but Part 2 is awful. That creepy clown sure became a lot scarier when it turned into a big, shitty-looking spider, didn't it?
Rated 12 Dec 2006
85
71st
Best Tim Curry role ever.
Rated 05 Apr 2012
55
20th
Some genuinely creepy and disturbing parts in the first half of this. Ultimately the scares and suspense go nowhere, leaving us with a second half that is beyond lame.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
14
14th
Take a mediocre novel written by a mediocre novelist, make it into a mediocre film with mediocre actors reading from a mediocre script, toss in some mediocre SFX and a mediocre creature, and you have IT.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
80
53rd
I could perfectly cast an SCTV parody of this movie.
Rated 25 Jun 2008
81
91st
nice movie
Rated 09 Nov 2007
85
76th
This movie made me afraid to go in the bathroom when I first saw when I was a kid.
Rated 11 May 2014
71
44th
I remember seeng this when it came out and being pleasantly surprised at how well it was done. Now I watch it again and am unpleasantly confused at why I thought it was good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
76th
The first half is engaging and creepy, but the second seems really lacking. It feels rushed and doesn't seem to work emotionally. Considering the source material being crammed into a 2-part broadcast TV movie is a daunting task, it's not a failure. The widely lamented creature at the end doesn't bother me that much. Most of the effects are quite nice, and the musical score is not bad either.
Rated 11 May 2009
77
44th
Even if the rest of the movie/miniseries isn't that great (but it is okay) Tim Curry's performance as the creature is wonderful. Every scene with him you just wish it continued because he's perfect as this evil thing with an absurd sense of humour.
Rated 07 Jan 2011
92
63rd
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Rated 23 Sep 2007
80
43rd
The first half of the film that revolves around the children is suprisingly entertaining and well acted. The adults are actually more annoying than the kids in a movie for once. If compared against the quality of the book it just fails. The most redeeming aspect is of course, Tim Currey. He eats scenes in this movie like a machine designed for the soul purpose of eating scenes in mediocre long movies. He set the bar for acting the menacing clown archetype so high that it just can't be beaten.
Rated 14 Jan 2012
73
49th
Drops most of the psychological scares the book had, and the climax is laughable, but acting is good and it's well directed. Probably won't scare anyone today, but there are some creepy moments and the film is dark enough to still be salvageable today.
Rated 10 Sep 2017
75
34th
I really prefer the acting of the kids to the the adults in the miniseries, and I think that to a large part is what makes the kid scenes stronger. It's not that the acting by the adult characters is necessarily "bad" or that they're miscast, but they act like they know they're in a hokey made-for-TV miniseries. The child actors, who would have less self-consciousness about the material, just play it straight and it comes across as a lot less gauche.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
50
15th
I don't think this book should have been made into a movie
Rated 08 Jan 2013
68
19th
ortalama ustu,kurgusu guzel
Rated 08 Apr 2008
75
68th
I simply deny the ending of the movie. If you stick to that, it's really good. May I add, that when I watched this as a ten year old child it really scared me so much I couldn't even go to the bathroom while we watched it. And Pennywise is one of the reason I really hate clowns.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
86
59th
Despite the fear of clowns this film sparked, I still enjoy watching it.
Rated 21 Aug 2021
80
62nd
It's interesting to note that this version well and truly outdoes its remake(s) thematically, communicating the idea of childhood fears and trauma leaking into adult life more clearly and efficiently by painting its adult characters as adults, rather than adult-teenagers. Never quite escapes being an 80s/90s TV production (and you wish Curry's diabolical Pennywise could cut loose into some uncensored mayhem, Furter pouting and all!), but caveats in mind, an interesting and enjoyable production.
Rated 17 Jun 2011
55
32nd
A decent enough Stephen King adaptation for a TV audience but beyond how awesome Pennywise the clown looks, there's not much going on here.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
80
58th
A bit dated, but very well made for a made-for-TV adaptation of a Stephen King movie. Not for the very young.
Rated 05 Oct 2011
30
21st
Reminiscent of an extended Darkplace episode. Highlight was the woman crying out "Why is he SO MEAN?!" in reference to an interdimensional demonic clown.
Rated 09 Apr 2010
60
41st
That clown face was scary as fuck to me when I was a kid.
Rated 08 Aug 2012
60
9th
Curry is great, but most of the other actors are forgettable, and the effects are laughably bad (Giant Spider!). Read the book.
Rated 13 Sep 2014
29
87th
Single-handedly ruins the entire clown industry haha
Rated 20 Mar 2024
58
44th
There's some horror bits here and there but it feels more like a drama of friends connecting with each other, gathering characters together to fight the evil monster. There's too many characters for the length and there isn't enough time to flesh them all out and give them focus, along with being kids which inherently makes them less interesting to me, though they were more entertaining than the adults. Pennywise is a good and entertaining villain, and i wished i saw and heard more from him.
Rated 28 Jun 2014
65
47th
This movie enthralled me with its interesting story, likable characters, and disturbing nature. Unfortunately, it's acting (other than Curry's Pennywise) was quite poor, even for television. Overall, this is a classic horror story, that deserves a remake to rid it of its cursed cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
53rd
Cheesy and low budget but undeniably creepy. Tim Curry is perfect as the evil Pennywise the clown. Pretty good!
Rated 10 Mar 2010
95
88th
Next to Rosemary's baby, on of the scariest movies ever.
Rated 31 Jul 2008
82
71st
this movie still scares my socks off.
Rated 22 Sep 2008
39
50th
Klovnen er noget af det u hyggeligste jeg ved, men filmen er ren gaaab....
Rated 23 Nov 2012
29
6th
Ruined my childhood
Rated 14 Oct 2010
66
59th
Spider, WTF
Rated 11 Jul 2010
75
38th
Not a bad adaptation, scared me when I watched it and was well-casted.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
80
39th
Ahh, it was so scarie movie. Steven King wrote another peace of art, and one of the few movies maded by his script is great. Unfortunately, his novels are inspiration for mediocre movie makers. These is exeption. Great
Rated 13 May 2009
70
62nd
Seeing this movie at such a young age has given me a adulthood phobia of clowns
Rated 22 Jun 2016
37
33rd
Towards the beginning of the second half of the film there is one scene that is pretty creepy. The rest of the movie, however is mostly droning, dull and lame.
Rated 12 Nov 2007
96
68th
A great and horrifying Stephen King adaptation.
Rated 08 Jan 2011
23
16th
Balloons are scary!
Rated 11 Feb 2021
92
65th
Finally got to see this one! I've seen both of the new ones. Loved Tim Curry and all of the kids, but I wasn't too happy with the casting (and acting) of all of the adults. A wild and imaginative horror though.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
25
8th
Love Tim Curry, but this is awful and REALLY creepy and depressing.
Rated 09 Jan 2013
52
51st
The memory of the title character is terrifying, and the atmosphere is nostalgic, but it's incredibly cheesy.
Rated 29 Sep 2016
60
31st
It's a stilted soap opera-level TV movie elevated by an engaging first half and an unforgettable scenery-chewing villain. The kids make the miniseries better. When adults are onscreen - duck and hide.
Rated 26 May 2012
3
9th
Seriously, Pennywise deserved better than this.
Rated 05 Jun 2017
78
48th
B
Rated 27 Dec 2014
30
5th
Loved the book. The movie - awful. I hard to do King justice on film
Rated 17 Oct 2011
70
28th
Nothing compared to the book.
Rated 09 Feb 2010
15
50th
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Rated 15 Jun 2012
53
19th
Tim Curry is scary
Rated 30 Apr 2009
28
2nd
Laughing at movies can be fun too.
Rated 23 Oct 2010
30
12th
Way, WAY too long. Let's be honest: the only scenes worth watching are the scenes with Curry's Pennywise.
Rated 05 Nov 2017
45
12th
The acting by the cast playing the children grown up is terrible. The whole film feels too long with slow progression. I can imagine the book being pretty good (although I haven't read it) but I don't rate this film much. The clown is funny despite the reviews that say he's scary. Overall just anti-climactic.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
60
47th
Starts off well, then gets worse and worse. Badly paced, drab screwup of a classic horror novel
Rated 30 May 2009
50
12th
Fairly high score for nostalgic purposes. Although, Tim Curry is fantastic as Pennywise the Clown.
Rated 24 Oct 2017
2
17th
dammit beverly get a grip
Rated 09 Dec 2006
73
41st
It's very 90s, very made-for-TV (no horrible violence is visible, mainly just implied), and is obviously taken from a novel. Unfortunately, many of the ideas from the book fail to jump across into the film, and the bigger picture is ignored in the final 1/4 of the film. Still, worth watching, apparently it's scary if you're a kid, and Tim Curry is spectacular. Oh yeah, and the kid actors upstage their adult counterparts.
Rated 23 Feb 2009
90
92nd
the best adaptation of a king movie ever done. Scary as hell.
Rated 08 Dec 2009
60
68th
3/5
Rated 29 Mar 2012
28
2nd
I don't think I was ever a proper child because I saw this at some point in elementary school and still thought it was cheesy, boring, and not scary. Is this movie the reason everybody is scared of clowns?
Rated 18 Nov 2008
50
56th
Never eat chinese ever again.
Rated 25 Dec 2017
58
34th
I don't know how you direct this and not read the book first but that's what the director did. A lot of this hasn't aged well at all but it does follow the book a lot better than the 2017 adaptation. Still, it does not grab your attention very much except when Curry is on screen
Rated 26 Nov 2009
92
88th
Love this story I almost don't care how it's told.
Rated 07 May 2007
24
12th
Really, really poor execution.
Rated 02 Jul 2008
79
74th
Terrified me as a child.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
57th
Like most Stephen King adapatations, It is terrible unless you like Stephen King. Or Tim Curry. I like both, but it still couldn't quite save the film.
Rated 03 Oct 2008
55
29th
I wanted to like this one because the novel was one of my favourites by King, but the difficulties in adapating such a complex narrative are evident from the get-go. Worth watching if you're a King fan, or just a fan of the novel, but prepare to be disappointed. The climactic battle of the end, rather than being gripping, is actually comic and cathartic. The clown is the scariest part of the movie, unfortunately.
Rated 16 Jun 2014
55
34th
Tim Curry is wonderful, the bloody sink is memorable, the rest is not good.
Rated 10 May 2008
40
17th
Deep inside, I always knew clowns are evil.
Rated 11 Nov 2017
55
23rd
The good parts do not outweigh the flaws. But the good parts are legitimately good and people who claim to like this only remember those.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
70
54th
Scared to death by this movie when I was smaller..
Rated 10 Sep 2017
4
43rd
Just can't escape its own TV movie cheesiness. There's stuff to admire in its focus on characterization, some of the kids' interactions and Tim Curry himself as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but so much of it just comes across as laughable, right up through that space spider fight at the end that earns a genuine cringe of embarrassment that the filmmakers had to put their name to that.
Rated 21 Sep 2008
80
46th
Like IT :) cool king-adaptions, although the book is was better
Rated 15 Jun 2007
6
8th
Book was WAY better and the movie doesn't do it much justice.
Rated 04 May 2011
37
22nd
Yet another failed attempt at making a great book into a movie. Stephen King is a good story-teller, but horror is better when it's subjective.
Rated 17 Nov 2007
0
5th
as bad as the book. sorry, king.
Rated 05 Sep 2017
40
13th
Acting too on the nose, an overall sense of horror that only register as family comedy, although the liberties it takes regarding the original don't actually bother. Tim Curry is more annoying than scary, and Tommy Lee Wallace's filmmaking is way too early 90s television and barely scratches how astonishing and profound the novel is -- one of the finest books ever written on childhood traumas and their reflection on adult life. Less disturbing than Home Alone, for sure.
Rated 08 Oct 2009
80
65th
Read the book, then watch the film. the book is much more the story, but this is the clown to kill all killer clowns; or is that klowns. >:)

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