• R, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Paul Schrader
    In Theaters:
    May 20, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 25, 2005
  • Warner Bros.

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Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

I can't call it a success, but it is certainly an outstanding failure, an attempt to broaden the horizons of a stale genre with real discussion of the matters that consume its maker.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

June 7, 2011
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's true "Dominion" is a better prequel than "The Beginning", but in the end, that's not really saying much in either case.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I like both versions of Exorcist IV about the same... It's too bad that a clever editor couldn't have taken the best bits from both films and put them together into a co-directed, successful whole.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 29, 2007
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Neither a masterpiece nor a failure, it will probably appeal mostly to those with knowledge of its death and miraculous resurrection.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

After 32 years, two sequels, and two prequels, The Exorcist remains an impossible act to follow.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 22, 2006
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

"Dominion" isn't outright horror, and a welcome relief from the days where shots are shorter than the hairs on our heads.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2005
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Apparently, Schrader never intended to make a horror movie, much to the dismay of the studio.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

October 22, 2005
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

tiresome and humdrum instead of thrilling

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 14, 2005
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

An ambitious failure.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 14, 2005
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

Dominion is only incrementally better than Exorcist: The Beginning and, with both films sharing so many story elements, Harlin is guilty of merely rearranging the deck chairs on Schrader's Titanic.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 2, 2005
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Schrader's intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while paying occasional lip-service to the need for scares.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 26, 2005
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

One of the best American horror films in years.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

May 25, 2005

E! Online

The flick is still plagued by occasional tedious patches, bad special effects and silly dialogue (it seems no one caught those problems on either director's watch).

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

May 25, 2005
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Intriguing, then, mainly for historical and comparison purposes.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 25, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The frights, the scares, they just weren't there.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 24, 2005
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com

One instance of a CGI overlay looks as if the VFX crew added hand-drawn temp animation and then forgot to go back for a final polish.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

May 24, 2005
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

an intriguing near-miss rather than the unintentional laugh-fest that Harlin's version proved to be

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2/5

May 21, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

The austere, cerebral 'Dominion' is a serious and ambitious alternative to Harlin's movie, but it's only marginally superior to it.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

May 21, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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It's a good, thoughtful horror picture -- and thiiis close to being a very good one.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 20, 2005
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Schrader privileges theological debate over shocks and was neither the ideal director for a franchise horror film nor as incomprehensible a choice as some suggested.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2005
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