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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Devoid of thrills, and with nothing even vaguely frightening to distract moviegoers, it becomes clear that the story wasn't worth telling in the first place. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Not bad. It actually might have been considered pretty good had it been made 30 years ago, when people might have cared about the backstory of Father Merrin. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Awfully dull, with scant evidence of the sort of things that make horror movies attractive -- like mounting suspense and spine-tingling creepiness and, oh yeah, the element of horror. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The material is right up Schrader's alley, and while his vision of the first "Exorcist" chapter isn't a masterpiece, it's far superior to the Renny Harlin prequel to "The Exorcist" released last year. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Instead of cheap thrills, Schrader gives us a frightening vision of a good priest who fears goodness may not be enough. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    Maybe nothing here is supposed to be as scary as in the 1973 movie because this is merely the opening act. That's the problem with prequels, isn't it? It's like being asked to pay full price just to watch batting practice. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The verdict: More thoughtful than Harlin's version, but hardly the invigorating mix of shocks and metaphysical horror needed to revitalize the Exorcist franchise. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Schrader, in Auto Focus, displayed a devious sense of sin, but in Dominion the Calvinist schoolboy in him insists on trumping sin with guilt. show more

  • 80
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    It may not have been what the producers had in mind, but they asked for a Paul Schrader movie, and that's exactly what he delivered. show more

  • 70
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    The strengths of Dominion, however, have been little diminished by its long shelf life and, in fact, may have grown stronger with age. show more

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