The Exorcist Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 15, 2014
The Exorcist, with its excellent cast, mounting intensity, and ingeniously constructed surprises, is still a commanding achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 15, 2014
The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 15, 2014
The Exorcist, like most memorable Hollywood movies, gains its power from the way it mixes opposites: new-style realism and sexual radicalism, old-style horror and religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 15, 2014
When I first saw The Exorcist, I saw only the literal side of the story. But as I watched it again, I began to view the movie as a dark fairy tale about a parent whose child is experiencing a painful trauma.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 15, 2014
Von Sydow, Blair and Mercedes McCambridge (the originally uncredited actress who dubbed Regan's gross mutterings) are flat-out terrific.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
October 15, 2014
Aall The Exorcist does is take its audience for a ride, spewing it out the other end, shaken up but none the wiser.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
I loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 8, 2012
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Some movies aren't just movies. They're closer to voodoo -- they channel currents larger and more powerful than themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
March 19, 2008
The Exorcist is not an unintelligently put-together film, which makes one all the more impatient with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then The Exorcist is one of the most powerful ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 21, 2007
There's something elemental about The Exorcist.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 21, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 21, 2007
An expert telling of a supernatural horror story.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2007
This 1973 horror thriller is highly instructive as well as unnerving.