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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    While the fourth "Exorcist" movie may have unmitigated disaster written all over it, the finished product is somehow sort-of-kind-of not all that bad. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Nothing fails like bad horror. But it's not despicable. It is merely boring. show more

  • 30
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The scariest thing about this film is how desperate the makers are to earn a scream. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The movie goes too far on too little motivation - and the middle section, with its maggoty villains, roiling skies and native revolts, seems almost barmy. Yet Exorcist: Beginning does score a small victory. It's not as bad as you'd think. show more

  • 38
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The devil is back in Exorcist: The Beginning, and he is more disgusting than ever. Not more scary, just really yucky, in a kind of maggots-on-a-pizza-slice way. show more

  • 38
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Congratulations, Renny Harlin. You've successfully exorcised all the horror out of The Exorcist. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The acting is serviceable at best, the direction unfocused - and the special effects and makeup cheesy-looking. This is surely the most dreary-looking film ever shot by the great Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now"). show more

  • 25
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    It’s terrible enough to torture the damned. show more

  • 12
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This prequel has something to appall everybody. show more

  • 40
    Film Threat

    A horror movie that starts off decently but quickly falls victim to cliché. It is, ultimately, a disappointing genre entry, and one that falls far short of the original’s greatness. show more

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  • Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

  • The House of the Devil (2009)

  • Darkness (2002)

  • The Exorcist III (1990)

  • Halloween (1978)

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