• The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Release Date: September 9th, 2005

DVD Release Date: December 20th, 2005

PG-13 |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

The Rev. Moore (Tom Wilkinson) is prosecuted for the wrongful death of a girl thought to be demonically possessed, because he administered the church-sanctioned exorcism that ultimately killed her. Prosecuting attorney Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott) contends that the young woman, Emily (Jennifer Carpenter), suffered from schizophrenia and should have been medically diagnosed. Meanwhile, defense lawyer Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) argues that Emily's condition cannot be explained by science alone.

Cast: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore, Joshua Close, Kenneth Welsh, Duncan Fraser

Director: Scott Derrickson

Genres: Horror , Thriller

Production Co: Firm Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Prison , Fascinating , Sacrifice , Judge , Doctor , Transformation , Tense , School , 2000s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Derrickson's characters are reduced to ciphers in a theological debate. Long wedges of the film are simply a discussion about the relative merits of science and superstition. Carpenter, as the sick girl, puts in the best performance. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Somehow the movie really never takes off into the riveting fascination we expect in the opening scenes. Maybe it cannot; maybe it is too faithful to the issues it raises to exploit them. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie, which presents a chilling case history that's hard to explain away. show more

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