August 27, 2010
Critics Consensus: The Last Exorcism Is Devilishly Scary
This week at the movies, we've got demonic possession (The Last Exorcism, starring Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell) and a big score (Takers, starring Matt Dillon and Idris Elba). What do the critics have to say? The Last Exorcism marks an attempt to merge a demonic possession storyline with a mockumentary framing device. How well do these venerable horror movie tropes work together? Better than you'd, expect, say critics, who call The Last Exorcism a stylish, smarter-than-average creepshow. Everyone loves a good heist movie -- the kind in which a motley crew of colorful crooks concoct the perfect plan but are unable to foresee every possible outcome. However, critics say that while the slick Takers features a couple electric action scenes, it's ultimately more stylish that substantial.