Priest Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 18, 2011
The God of Aborted Franchises will be pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
May 16, 2011
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 13, 2011
Too good-looking to be dismissed entirely, not bad enough to be worthy of outright scorn, but not good enough to watch, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mike Hale
New York Times
May 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2011
The whole thing -- which in less than an hour-and-a-half manages to insult Catholics, Native Americans, John Wayne fans and anybody with two I.Q. points to spare -- all climaxes in a lot of fire and smoke and CGI explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2011
The film is somehow a disappointing combo of too-full and oddly empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 13, 2011
When you watch Bettany, you can't help wondering why the hell a talented actor is stuck in such an ungodly mess.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 13, 2011
[If] you're looking for a diverting sci-fi actioner that handily mixes the DNA of several different movies, with a few flying crosses thrown in and a heavy dose of Western mythology, sink your teeth in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
May 13, 2011
Adapted from a graphic-novel series (and what isn't these days?), this unholy mess of horror and Western clichés is, at least, blessed with a wonderfully loony premise.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 13, 2011
The simplistic directness of its storytelling is refreshing. It's as if the filmmakers realize they're wasting everyone's time, so they at least want to take up as little of it as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2011
Doesn't have a prayer.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 9, 2011
Not exactly an unholy mess, but still a rather too pious retread of classic sci-fi/action/horror riffs that lacks originality or pizzazz.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 9, 2011
Did Paul Bettany know, when he donned the cowl of the albino monk in 'The Da Vinci Code', that he would soon be typecast as Hollywood's go-to guy for God-bothering multiplex action movies?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5