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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 69
Rotten: 86

Critics Consensus: Loosely based on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose mixes compelling courtroom drama with generally gore-free scares in a ho-hum take on demonic cinema.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Loosely based on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose mixes compelling courtroom drama with generally gore-free scares in a ho-hum take on demonic cinema.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 375,635


Movie Info

In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19-year-old college freshman. A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed the exorcism that resulted in the girl's death.

PG-13 (for thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Scott Derrickson , Paul Harris Boardman
In Theaters:
Dec 20, 2005
Box Office:
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (86) | DVD (24)

Very scary stuff. And as a courtroom drama, very effective.

Full Review… | September 12, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There's no green vomit and nobody's head ever rotates a full 360; we stay in the natural world and never enter a movie world, and that makes the movie a lot better.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

The performances are topnotch.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
USA Today
Top Critic

This is a horror movie, for once, which really wants us to use our heads.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

As courtroom drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose works effectively; as a scarefest, it misses the mark. But the performances stick with you, particularly that of Linney, who has an elegant steeliness.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

"The film finds a way to justify its existence despite the inevitable comparisons to ["The Exorcist"], in whose shadow it will inevtiably stand..."

Full Review… | August 25, 2010

It avoids gratuitous gore and the shocks that provide the backbone of most horror films. [Derrickson's] more interested in the spiritual questions at hand.

September 21, 2007
Looking Closer

A glum and undistinguished drama -- it's certainly nothing so crass as a horror movie, despite the spooky come-on of the marketing.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Derrickson's film has been overtaken by bland characters, cheap shocks, kindergarten theology and a pace so plodding that viewers will be left wondering whether it is just Erin's watch that has mysteriously stopped.

Full Review… | July 4, 2007
Eye for Film

Now to each their own, but serious-minded Sunday preaching mixed in with the occult, is just not my cup of witch's brew.

Full Review… | May 9, 2007
Long Island Press

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

The film's challenge to the viewer -- to doubt his or her own doubts about the supernatural -- is commendable.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

By modern standards the gore is minimal and most of the thrills come from production craftsmanship. It does not make this a classic, but it is a decent and even compelling horror film.

Full Review… | April 18, 2006

...a mildly engaging drama.

Full Review… | January 15, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

A classy 'boo!' movie for those who like their horror polite.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005

It all gets rather silly when it turns out that the Devil isn't above knocking off the odd key witness or two ...

Full Review… | December 6, 2005

Fortunately (or not, depending on how big a Law & Order fan you are), [the movie] dwells less on the possession itself than on the subsequent trial.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Esa película de terror dentro de la película ocupa la menor parte del metraje, lo cual es una lástima porque es la parte más interesante.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Uruguay Total

Um filme perigosamente irregular que, na maior parte do tempo, mantém seu público à distância - e o resultado é que, ao longo de sua duração, pouco pensamos e nada sentimos.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005
Cinema em Cena

the scariest courtroom drama I've ever seen.

Full Review… | November 16, 2005

...relegates Emily's life and her exorcism to sporadic flashbacks, complete with assembly-line demonic imagery, bait-and-switch scare tactics and an annoying music score.

Full Review… | November 9, 2005
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Don't be surprised if you wake up at 3am after you've seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I did, and there are enough frightening moments to make even the calmest people jumpy.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Urban Cinefile

"Scarier than The Exorcist. A commendable, creepy and first-rate film experience. Try going straight to sleep after this baby".

Full Review… | October 10, 2005

Of all the places one would expect to find Satan - Osama bin Laden's cave, backstage with Celine Dion or inside Wal-Mart - a Midwestern courtroom is not high on the list.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Des Moines Register

This may be based on a true story, but, onscreen, it comes off as a cornball, none-too-exciting, second-rate version of that granddaddy of all satanic possession movies, The Exorcist.

Full Review… | October 6, 2005
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Wilkinson and Linney's dynamic performances are the reason to see this melodramatic if typical exorcism piece, he as the anxious priest attempting to fit medieval beliefs into skeptical modern times and she as the atheist legal eagle he needs most to convince. Not boring.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Starring Jennifer Carpenter as the title character, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is 25% courtroom drama, 25% psychological horror, 25% supernatural mystery, and 25% rip-off of THE SIXTH SENSE.

It isn't the most original film, as it seems like an homage to previous demonic, exorcism-related films (i.e. THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST); but that is made up for by the suspenseful cinematographic experience, the ingeniously-tackled camera angles, the solid performances by actors such as Tom Wilkinson and Campbell Scott, and the flummoxing plot of the entire feature.

That said, this is not a film I would watch again; but it was not one of those cases when I've wanted to raise torches and pitchforks for "PG-13 horror", because this proved that a PG-13 rating does not automatically make a horror movie dull and stupid.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


Don't really remember seeing this, that might say alot about the quality of the film. I do remember that the possessed scenes weren't that cheesy, so that's a positive at least.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Second best exorcism flick ever made! In the first place, of course, you'll find the 1973 cult phenomenon The Exorcist. What may be interesting to know though is that there's a true story behind this, that also became the inspiration for said classic. It is by many believed to be genuine, and as someone with personal experience of the supernatural, I have to admit that I'm a believer as well. Anyway, aside from the real-life mysteries upon which it is founded, this is a horror film that really hits the mark. Jennifer Carpenter is exceptionally convincing and there's creepiness in the plenty that will have your nerves working overtime. Expect your electrical bill to go up a tad, if you catch my drift. Because this is one movie you don't wanna be watching alone in a dark room. That's what I did, and I'm deeply regretting it now.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

The Exorcism of Emily Rose Quotes

Emily Rose:
I choose to stay....
– Submitted by Zen D (11 months ago)
Father Richard Moore:
In the end, Good will triumph over Evil through my experience. People will know that demons are real. People say that God is dead but how can they think that if I show them the Devil.
– Submitted by Tom W (21 months ago)
Emily Rose:
And I am Lucifer, the Devil in the flesh.
– Submitted by Brian L (2 years ago)
Emily Rose:
[in Latin, possessed] Think you can force me out, priest? Try it. I dare you.
– Submitted by Jack B (2 years ago)
Emily Rose:
[Posessed] GET AWAY FROM ME!
Emily Rose:
Jason, please don't leave me!
– Submitted by Jack B (2 years ago)
Emily Rose:
[possessed] We are the ones who dwell within.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (3 years ago)

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