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About the Movie

When romance novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is rescued from a horrific car accident by reclusive loner Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates, in her Academy Award® winning role), he finds out she’s his “number one fan” and has read all of his books. But when an enraged Annie discovers that Paul kills off her favorite character (Misery Chastain) in his latest book, she decides to hold him captive and “bring her back to life” in a new novel. A terrifying psychological game ensues as Annie steps further and further back from the brink of reality, while Paul tries desperately to find a way out - before his deadline is up. Based on the chilling bestseller by Stephen King, Misery is “one of the best horror movies ever made.” (Time Magazine)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 63
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Kathy Bates has a gift for playing cheerily hostile, paranoid misfits. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 22, 2010

Fresh: Popular moviemaking -- elegantly economical, artlessly artful -- doesn't get much better than this. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Bates has a field day with her role, creating a quirky, memorable object of hate. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Like any good work of popular culture, Rob Reiner's film of Stephen King's best-selling book Misery functions on more than one level. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Aug 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews


This movie is extremley well done. The acting is great and the story is really frightening. Buy this movie if you can.

Movie Reveiw

I haven't really seen this movie but i read the book and it had a great plot and the characters had great personalities-for what they neede. once i get enough money on my account i will probably buy this movie-or rent-which ever i is more convinient for me!!!

One of the best

A superb thriller.