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.
| Original Score: 6/10
It's true "Dominion" is a better prequel than "The Beginning", but in the end, that's not really saying much in either case.
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.
Neither a masterpiece nor a failure, it will probably appeal mostly to those with knowledge of its death and miraculous resurrection.
After 32 years, two sequels, and two prequels, The Exorcist remains an impossible act to follow.
| Original Score: 2/4
"Dominion" isn't outright horror, and a welcome relief from the days where shots are shorter than the hairs on our heads.
| Original Score: 4/5
Apparently, Schrader never intended to make a horror movie, much to the dismay of the studio.
tiresome and humdrum instead of thrilling
| Original Score: 1.5/5
An ambitious failure.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Schrader's intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while paying occasional lip-service to the need for scares.
One of the best American horror films in years.
| Original Score: 5/5
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).
| Original Score: C+
Intriguing, then, mainly for historical and comparison purposes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The frights, the scares, they just weren't there.
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.
an intriguing near-miss rather than the unintentional laugh-fest that Harlin's version proved to be
The austere, cerebral 'Dominion' is a serious and ambitious alternative to Harlin's movie, but it's only marginally superior to it.
| Original Score: C-
It's a good, thoughtful horror picture -- and thiiis close to being a very good one.
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.