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The Exorcist Reviews

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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Friedkin and Blatty seem to care nothing for their characters as people, only as victims-props to be abused, hurled about the room, beaten and, in one case, brutally murdered.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 24, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

I simply see no justification for such sacrilege. You know what scene I mean.

| Original Score: 1/5

August 30, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Totally ludicrous.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 18, 2006
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Barbarism and exploitation here parade as something deeper. Abominable.

| Original Score: 0/5

September 17, 2004
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

... a crude religious exploitation piece (although poor Linda Blair - required to urinate, swear and vomit on cue - is exploited more than anything else).

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2010
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Arguably the most troubling factor is the lack of true redemption in the twist ending, which resolves the demon possession without allowing good to triumph over evil.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: C+

October 10, 2005
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The Exorcist is not an unintelligently put-together film, which makes one all the more impatient with it.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2008
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then The Exorcist is one of the most powerful ever made.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

September 21, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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There is nothing dated about The Exorcist, which remains an effective excursion into demonic possession more than a quarter of a century after it was first unveiled to the public.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2007
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
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
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
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 5/5

October 1, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 5/5

September 26, 2005
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Trendsetting shocker about a possessed child.

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

December 15, 2010
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This 1973 horror thriller is highly instructive as well as unnerving.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 21, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The overall film has a well-developed sense of atmosphere that most films of today are missing.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 18, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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An expert telling of a supernatural horror story.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 21, 2007
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