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Priest (2011)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 79

Sleek and stylish, but those qualities are wasted on a dull, derivative blend of sci-fi, action, and horror.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 14

Sleek and stylish, but those qualities are wasted on a dull, derivative blend of sci-fi, action, and horror.



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Priest, a western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest

Aug 16, 2011


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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (79) | DVD (7)

The God of Aborted Franchises will be pleased.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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"Priest'' is based on a series of Korean graphic novels. What it's really based on, though, is other movies - a whole lot of other movies.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (4)
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High production values and slick editing can't save this picture. Nor does its overbearing soundtrack music, which tries to strong-arm viewers into believing they're watching a pulse-pounding thriller.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comment (1)
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A mash-up of vampire horror and period westerns stewed with Blade Runner cityscapes and ridiculous religious images in a bubbling cauldron of dumb ideas and sinfully bad dialogue.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (3)
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Too good-looking to be dismissed entirely, not bad enough to be worthy of outright scorn, but not good enough to watch, either.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)
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The film, based in name only on a series of South Korean graphic novels, has nice, washed-out desert exteriors and some cool jet-powered motorcycles, but there's nothing in the hackneyed story or the derivative action scenes to make you take notice.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
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Priest is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after it's over. There is absolutely nothing memorable here.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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The good news is that Priest is not nearly as painful to sit through as Legion. But that's about it for the good news.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

'Priest' is about five beads shy of a rosary.

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Priest is a lousy action movie with boring characters, a convoluted plot, and, most unforgivable, very little compelling action.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

"Priest" is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after it's over. There is absolutely nothing memorable or noteworthy about it

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

anyone who has seen the trailer has seen a good 80% of anything worth watching here

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

90 minutes of inconsequential action and cliché recycling...painful to watch a semi-interesting setup get squandered and become stuffed into a familiar-as-hell framework where nothing ever seems at stake.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

An ugly exercise in genre filmmaking and religion bashing, Priest marks a new low in the action/horror hybrid, and once again proves why Paul Bettany is the worst action star working today.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Bettany is a great actor who does melancholy very well, he also has a sense of mischief. It would be nice to see it shine a bit before it, too, fades to grey.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Its visual style veers between bleached desert tones and slimy undercover dankness, but the 3D version is undistinguished.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Some scenes on the train have a certain chill, but overall this is likely to short-change genre lovers.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

At the very least, the film's herky-jerky mood swings will keep viewers on their toes long after they become bored with the main plot.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

What's not to like about badass Catholic vigilantes who fly through the air to punch demons in the face? (Don't answer that.)

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: The Vine | Comments (2)
The Vine

Predictable action sequences & lazy character development add up to an all too blatant cash in at the box office

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Vampires, cowboys and warrior priests: an unholy mess.

August 23, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Priest 3D might be of interest for those keen on the comics but for others it's a very loud and chaotic but lame fantasy effort with much mayhem but insufficient payoff.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Director Scott Stewart has fun with the genre, making effective use of 3D technology and amid the ridiculous, delivers an often surprisingly compelling B-movie with some superior elements.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile dull and intolerable an actioner as one can easily recall...

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

There's an overriding sense that many aspects of the movie have either been shockingly underdeveloped... or left on the cutting room floor.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Priest is the sort of movie you walk into knowing full well its IQ is significantly less than the bucket of popcorn balanced in your lap...

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for Priest

The Graphic Novel of which the film Priest is adapted from is a mix of genres with an overall familiar story. The film isn't really a faithful adaptation and unfortunately they've decided to go with the idea that more is more and then woefully forgot to include the basics. It's a western, it's Matrix, it's Underworld, it's Dark's like every 'Based on the Graphic novel' film you've ever seen, made by the people who don't read comics but have heard there maybe an opportunity there to exploit. I actually quite like the concept, Cathedral City looks pretty cool and the visuals are impressive. It's just the story that lets the film down. There is no character development, it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense and it's quite poorly cast. Very few redeeming features, although the 'Vampires on a Train' idea has legs, someone needs to copy that pronto!
March 18, 2014

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In a future society where the human race has enclosed itself in walled cities governed by a fascistic religious state after centuries of war with a race of vampires, an ex-warrior is called upon to help track down the kidnapped daughter of his brother. Switch the jet cycles for horses and vampires for Indians, Priest shows itself to be a sci-fi horror version of John Ford's classic The Searchers. It's actually an adaptation of a Korean graphic novel and it contains all the appropriate slo-mo wire work and flashing blades you'd expect in the post Matrix era and there are some very solid action sequences. The biggest problem with the film is that it's all so derivative; there's an extensive hotch-potch of ideas drawing on various sources but not one of them is remotely original. By far the best part of the film are the scenes set in the Judge Dredd style mega city which owe a great visual debt to Blade Runner and the idea of a futuristic society ruled by the church is a really interesting one. Unfortunately these scenes are fairly short lived, the plot switching to an action-western format that's a lot less interesting. The creatures are rather cartoony and unconvincing as you'd expect from computer generated monsters and Karl Urban's bad guy garners way too little screen time. Having said all that, it's still reasonably entertaining and cracks along at a pace that staves off boredom making for generic but flashy chop socky sci fi that's forgettable but fun.
May 29, 2012
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Ok so the pitch for this must have been Matrix meets Underworld. It's very stylized, has some nice production. The CGI was good especially for the Vamps, the weapon and vehicle design was nice ( There is a 10 min featurette on the DVD for these, the bikes looking a cross between Tron/Akira styles and Darth Maul's speeder!) However it's sadly lacking in story, which is just bizarre and substance with a run time 75min! The ending just happens a bit too quick. Nice touches but overall not a patch on the similar films.
February 25, 2012

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    1. Husband: You find Lucy, you bring her back. And brother, you promise me one thing. Kill em all!
    – Submitted by Alex M (2 years ago)
    1. Priest: You've got your gun loaded?
    2. Hicks: Why?
    3. Priest: You're gonna need it.
    – Submitted by Alex M (2 years ago)
    1. Familiar: You're to late Priest, this is their time now.
    – Submitted by Alex M (2 years ago)
    1. Hicks: Point A? Meet point fucking B.
    – Submitted by Alex M (2 years ago)
    1. Monsignor Orelas: To go against the church is to go against god.
    – Submitted by Aaron K (2 years ago)
    1. Monsignor Chamberlain: Remember your vow, to go against the church is to go against god.
    2. Priest: Then I go against god.
    – Submitted by Aaron K (2 years ago)
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