Exorcist: The Beginning Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 7, 2011
An utter violation of anything that ever made The Exorcist memorable... just gaudy effects and things jumping out to say "boo!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Brutal. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Contrived, cliché, murky, muddled, and an utterly gory mess...
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
June 19, 2008
More than 30 years after the original hit screens, along comes the very best of the sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Most of the movie feels nothing like an Exorcist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2007
The serious Catholic themes that made the original film genuinely disturbing have been flattened out into a cartoonish backstory pitting Merrin against Nazi storm troopers.
David Germain
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 27, 2007
This is not horror. It's sadism.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 30, 2006
Flawed, but still good.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
Some things are better left mysterious, and some movies better left unmade.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Reams of tedious exposition finally give way to a random jumble of horror movie clichés, rising to a shrill pitch of hysteria that is never remotely frightening.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
It isn't quite hell, but clambering to the end of this dusty remnant of an idea is certainly purgatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com
July 25, 2005
One would think studios would shy away from this dead horse; I guess the power of crap compels them.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
July 11, 2005
What is rather horrifying is how this would-be thriller manages the bizarre feat of being simultaneously dull and completely ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
SPLICEDWire
March 1, 2005
It doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 15, 2005
Exorcist: The Beginning makes the mistake of confusing loud noises, grotesque images, obscene violence, and buckets of blood for frights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Mark Kermode
Sight and Sound
December 7, 2004
Harlin's hamfisted horror-show offers an hour and a half of tooth-grinding boredom followed by 20 minutes of all-singing, all-dancing, knees-up stupidity.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 25, 2004
The prequel to William Friedkin popular shock opera emphasizes unpleasantness over scares and coherence.
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
October 30, 2004
A botch job of mistimed scare scenes, bland characters and computer-generated hyenas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2004
Laughably poor prequel that is dumb, nonsensical and not remotely scary -- however, it remains watchable thanks to Stellan Skarsgard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 30, 2004
carves out its own niche by combining the Christian horror of the original with the cruelties and crassness of colonialism.
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