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The Exorcist Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The Exorcist not only tops the horror genre but transcends it, resulting in a profound experience where moviemaking horror, thrillingly dramatic storytelling and deeply felt spirituality of the Catholic kind make for pivotal viewing.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

March 25, 2014
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a brilliantly constructed, chilling tale of demonic possession and medical torture

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 5/5

January 18, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A finely crafted thriller that benefits immensely from William Friedkin's controlled direction, William Peter Blatty's thematically fruitful script, Owen Roizman's imaginative camerawork and Dick Smith's startling makeup designs.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 26, 2013
J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters

The Exorcist is what it purports to be, no less than one of the best horror films, one of the best films, of all time.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 9/10

October 23, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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I loved it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 18, 2013
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's good stuff but, basically, The Exorcist is a museum piece, something to be enjoyed for its historical value, its datedness and its almost quaint shock value.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 8, 2012
John G. Nettles
PopMatters

Friedkin's Exorcist holds up remarkably well.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

October 8, 2012
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

This notorious battle between good and evil, nominated for eight Oscars when it was originally released in 1973, is both a hysteric scream and an intentional as well as unintentional hoot.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

October 8, 2012

Total Film

Essential viewing for anyone who loves cinema. If you can endure it...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

October 8, 2012
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

succeeds best in developing its characters

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

June 20, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Some movies aren't just movies. They're closer to voodoo -- they channel currents larger and more powerful than themselves.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

There's something new to be discovered in every viewing of The Exorcist.

Full Review Source: Film Blather

July 28, 2011
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

The Exorcist is likely just as disturbing today as it was 25 years ago.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 4/4

February 28, 2011
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

But, is it just me, or is Karras's the only story that's really compelling?

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

February 15, 2011
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

It just never gets un-scary. That's the best part.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 5/5

January 9, 2011
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Trendsetting shocker about a possessed child.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 15, 2010
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

An unforgettable horror film that doesn't just get under my skin - it stays there.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 10/10

October 15, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the movie is right up there with the cinema's better chillers.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

October 9, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

If it failed on all other levels (which it doesn't), The Exorcist would nevertheless be an excellent family horror story.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

September 1, 2010
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique

From the day of its first release in 1973, "The Exorcist: was the greatest horror film ever made, and it remains so to this day.

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

August 27, 2010
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