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Based on 24 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    There's something elemental about The Exorcist, even with the new hopeful ending that betrays the bleak original. show more

  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker. show more

  • 88
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs. show more

  • 88
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives. show more

  • 89
    Larry Terenzi Mr. Showbiz

    It's shlock, yes, but at least it's highbrow shlock. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Re-released now in a digitally enhanced, sonically improved and slightly longer version, the movie is even better than it was in 1973. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Classically scary. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Was and is a brilliant horror film, one with an archetypal ability to reach and disturb us. If I were showing The Exorcist to a friend, I would show the 1973 version without the slightest hesitation. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The Exorcist has lost none of its ability to invade your nightmares. show more

  • October 31, 2009 PerryCatella
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    I'm 46, and I had plenty of time in my life to se every horror film that cursed my eyes. And, without a doubt, The Exorcist, has been the only one I have seen, that has left a life changing impact on my personality. I could not even blink my eyes while watching it. And, literally for weeks, I could NOT get a good night's sleep. If you feel you could handle it, get the uncensored version.

  • October 30, 2009 Garry
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    Hand's down, the Exorcist can scare the livin' crap out of you for one reason. All the other monsters are imaginary--you'll never see a zombie or vampire or werewolf in real life. On the other hand, being possessed by a demon is a documented malady that NO ONE wants visited upon themselves. Scarey as heck watching Megan go through that.

  • October 30, 2009 JMasse9651
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    Back in 1973 I had only been married a year. We went to see the movie and there were people passing out tracks about being a Christian (which I already was). I have never in my life been so scared at that movie. I think our thought process was different back then because I had never seen anything so scary. I slept with the lights on my weeks, went to church ever chance I got and wore a big cross around my neck....OMG....I have never watched it again and I am almost 57. ha ha

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  • May 29, 2009 Beverly Rhett
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    One of the scariest, most extraordinary films of it's genre. It gave me chills and renewed my faith in the power of Christ at the same time. Having read the novel first, I found the movie to be an exceptional adaptation of novel to film. I rank this movie as one of the top films on my list of favorite films.

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