Misery (1990)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Nov 30, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Brendon Hanley

A stark departure from director Rob Reiner's nostalgic coming-of-age tales Stand By Me (1986) and When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990) adeptly juggled agonizing suspense with cartoonish freakishness. Based on a Stephen King story, the film was generally well-liked by both audiences and critics, though it doesn't strive for the depth of Martin Scorsese's similar The King of Comedy. It does, however, allow for a restrained but offbeat performance from the previously little-known character actress Kathy Bates. Her compellingly deranged Annie is the film's centerpiece, and she won an Academy Award for her work.