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Deliver Us from Evil (2014)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 82

Critics Consensus: Director Scott Derrickson continues to have a reliably firm grasp on creepy atmosphere, but Deliver Us from Evil's lack of original scares is reflected in its shopworn title.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Director Scott Derrickson continues to have a reliably firm grasp on creepy atmosphere, but Deliver Us from Evil's lack of original scares is reflected in its shopworn title.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 21,914


Movie Info

In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases. (c) Screen Gems

R (for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language)
Action & Adventure , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Harris Boardman , Scott Derrickson
In Theaters:
Oct 28, 2014
Box Office:
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Deliver Us from Evil

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (82)

An impressively staged climactic exorcism compensates in part for the random, far-fetched storytelling that precedes it.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

If you didn't know that Jerry Bruckheimer produced this movie, the boot prints on your eardrums would've clued you in.

Full Review… | July 16, 2014
Top Critic

Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, Paul Harris Boardman, deliver a routine procedural with unremarkable frights.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Director Scott Derrickson demonstrates a knack for atmosphere but little sense of pacing; some sequences are effectively spooky (particularly one set at the Bronx Zoo), though just as many feel uninspired.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's time for Derrickson, who also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to master a new ritual.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
Top Critic

A surprisingly strong cast and solid direction make all the malarkey in this horror flick tolerable.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
Top Critic

'Sinister' director Scott Derrickson again delivers the (modest) goods in this old-school street-cop mystery-thriller in 'Exorcist' drag.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

here evil comes from the Middle East, but is ultimately dispelled by American goodness, in a mapping of post-millennial geopolitics onto a simplistic Manichaean worldview.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
FilmLand Empire

It's scary, but it's also entertainment. It's scarentertainment. (That's awful. Forget I wrote that).

Full Review… | August 31, 2014

Although it has all the elements it does sport too many horror tropes as though the filmmaker doesn't have the power of his own convictions to boldly go where he hasn't gone before.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014

Written in stone or bellowed in Latin, guff is still guff.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Sky Movies

Underneath the bland cop drama, blander domestic strife, and the pretty rote plot machinations this kind of genre movie requires, there is a pretty interesting subtext and conversation about the weight of guilt, faith and good versus evil.

Full Review… | August 23, 2014
The Playlist

The director Scott Derrickson seems uncertain as to whether he is making an exploitation pic intended to give audiences a few fairground-style thrills and frights, or a William Friedkin-style meditation on the nature of evil.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014

This is plodding, pedestrian, derivative stuff.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Irish Independent

It's a genre rollercoaster ride - templated, repetitive and unoriginal, full of ups and downs but nonetheless effective at the one job it's trying to do - make you jump and squeal.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
SFX Magazine

Those possessed people were so really brave, having to listen to all that Jim Morrison. The awful rhymes. The wretched allusions. The horror, the horror.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Irish Times

A competently handled but overly derivative spinetingler supposedly inspired by true events.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Daily Express

My faith, tested by use of the Doors as a Satanic conduit, vanished for ever the instant a possessed piano bashed out Pop Goes the Weasel.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014

With its Stygian production design and Bovril-on-the-lens aesthetic, the film works so hard to make an ordinary Bronx day feel like hell, you'll wonder what's left for the afterlife.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Daily Telegraph

A rote police procedural conducted by a cardboard movie cop investigating a supposedly demonic evil that simply cannot compete with nonsupernatural reality.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Flick Filosopher

The strong religious overtones are to be expected, but the way religion is depicted purely as a force for good comes across as distractingly preachy; it's a message delivered with all the nuance and balance of Fox News.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014

You'll be jolted a couple of times, but these aren't scares that will stay with you. How about retiring "based on a true story" in favour of "based on a good story"?

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Empire Magazine

Sinister, solemn and so familiar you could write the Latin curses in your sleep. Contains a truly hellish amount of The Doors.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014

Sean Harris' horrific demon-soldier and a climactic gorecaked exorcism scene that cranks up the crazy to 11 are the only bright spots in this rainy, preachy, miscast terror tale.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Total Film

This is a familiar, no frills exorcism film that doesn't offer much in the way of scares or surprises.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
ABC Radio Brisbane

Audience Reviews for Deliver Us from Evil


Although resorting a bit too much to cheap scares created by thunderous chords, this is a very efficient and creepy-as-hell horror movie (inspired by allegedly real events) that uses a great sound design and an exemplary, nasty production design to take us inside an extremely eerie atmosphere.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Deliver Us From Annoying Strobe Lights is pretty cool if you've never seen a demon exorcism horror movie before. However, chances are you have seen a demon exorcism horror movie before, in which case you can skip this one.
I did like how director Scott Derrickson approaches the story as a gritty police procedural with horror conventions. Joel McHale (from Community) is also pretty cool as Eric Bana's knife-wielding partner. Unfortunately the film is way too predictable, feeling longer than it actually is. At the end of the day, Deliver Us From Evil offers nothing new, and what it does offer has been done better in other demon exorcism horror movies, including Derrickson's Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


Ralph Sarchie: Ma'am, what's wrong with you?

The biggest question I have about Deliver Us from Evil, a film that mixes a police procedural plot with exorcism, is why have it released on July 4th weekend? I understand counter-programming and all, but a grimy, R-rated horror feature does not exactly seem like the choice for Independence Day, regardless of producer Jerry Bruckheimer's name being attached to the film. That said, whether or not audiences flock to see HULK and Carlos the assassin exorcise the demons on its opening weekend, Deliver Us from Evil has a neat setup that feels like a throwback detective story fitted with effective atmospheric direction from Scott Derrickson.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer


I don't know how this movie done it, but it made me feel like this was going to be extremely awesome some how while watching it, the build was just taking me to a repeat of every other possession movie there is out today... however, they done the possessions really well and the main possessed actor was really cool. Aside from the heart attacks the movie gave me from the random screaming scares, the movie was bearable yet didn't make me applaud.

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer

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