The gruesome movie proved to be a hit with audiences and critics alike. Indeed, since its release the film has smashed a number of box office records and raked in more than $653 million worldwide. No other R-rated horror movie has ever taken in as much at the box office and no horror film has made as much money internationally.
Film critics were also quick to applaud the movie. John Nugent, from Empire magazine, claimed that the film “ranks among the better Stephen King adaptations.” Andrew Barker from Variety, meanwhile, wrote that the movie was made up of a “collection of alternately terrifying, hallucinatory and ludicrous nightmare imagery.”