The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)



Critic 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.

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Box Office: $75.1M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Laura Linney
as Erin Bruner
Tom Wilkinson
as Father Moore
Campbell Scott
as Ethan Thomas
Colm Feore
as Karl Gunderson
Andrew Wheeler
as Nathaniel Rose
Kenneth Welsh
as Dr. Mueller
Mary Beth Hurt
as Judge Brewster
Henry Czerny
as Dr. Briggs
Duncan Fraser
as Dr. Cartwright
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News & Interviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Critic Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (36)

"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.

Full Review… | 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
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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.

Kevin M. Williams

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 (2 years 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 (3 years ago)
Emily Rose: And I am Lucifer, the Devil in the flesh.
– Submitted by Brian L (3 years ago)
Emily Rose: [in Latin, possessed] Think you can force me out, priest? Try it. I dare you.
– Submitted by Jack B (3 years ago)

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