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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 33 )
  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Bornedal invests so much time in the characters - Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play the split parents of the girls - that there are times you will forget this is a horror movie. It's Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Lucifer. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While the sound design and spooky minimalist music add suspense, and CGI effects are duly sinister, a climactic strobe effect is more annoying than frightening. show more

  • 50
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Possession has none of the suspense that made Bornedal's morgue thriller "Deathwatch" such shuddering good fun. And despite the absurdly overwrought Bernard Herrmann-esque score, it has very few genuine shocks. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Slick direction and a strong central turn from Jeffrey Dean Morgan will keep you watching, if rarely from the edge of your seat. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Representing a sort of equal opportunity religious variation on an all-too-familiar theme, The Possession is a Jewish-themed "Exorcist" that, if nothing else, should discourage the practice of buying antique wooden boxes at flea markets. show more

  • 70
    Alison Willmore Movieline

    This variation on the demon child subgenre has enough of the familiar and the new to be a decently good time at the movies. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Like "The Exorcist," the best film in the genre, it is inspired by some degree of religious scholarship and creates believable characters in a real world. That religions take demonic possessions seriously makes them more fun for us, the unpossessed. show more

  • 63
    Washington Post

    Anyone who actually believes in dybbuks and other ghoulies will find The Possession terrifying. For the rest of us, the movie is a cleverly constructed, well-paced piece of hokum. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Unremarkable and none-too-scary horror movie. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Oh my God, evil. What's with you? Ever since "The Exorcist," it's been the same song-and-crab-dance: Demons don't kill, divorce does. show more

  • February 15, 2013 mh00000000138435
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    Movie was creepy, some good scares and great special effects. Hard to believe the story is somewhat true.

  • January 26, 2013 lt00000000135906
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    looks good but t looks scary too

  • November 17, 2012 hx00000000132474
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    its good

  • September 23, 2012 uspatriot2k2
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    Thought the movie was just ok. The acting was pretty good. It was scary most of the time but I just didn\'t get into it.

  • September 21, 2012 rjc9c
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    Good actors. Fair story. Great ending. Not really all that \"scary\"...certainly NOT \"The Exorcist\"!

  • September 19, 2012 Kathy
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    Really good, VERY SCARY, GREAT ACTING!!! I would recommend this one!!

  • September 18, 2012 araseli26
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    good movie

  • September 15, 2012 dhull10641
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    The actors were high caliber and all characters were very well written. However, same old tired plot. I would have loved to have seen more of the rabbi\'s story as that was one of the more interesting characters. A few times lines were written into the movie that were never explained and it made you wonder about the editing.

  • September 12, 2012 Elia
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    for me this is the best horror movie for this year,I was jump up from my seat but I love iit.

  • September 11, 2012 dv00000000129444
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    Disappointing really. Two good jumps were all I got out of it and I\'ll freak at anything!


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