Pena que, em vez de merecer seu próprio capítulo nos livros de História do Cinema, tenha se revelado digno apenas de uma nota de rodapé.
| Original Score: 2/5
Harlin amps up the sound effects and gore in an attempt to disguise the absence of any genuine scares.
[Harlin's] skill has never been proven and here, with effects that make the original look state-of-the-art, we see a film that is trapped in empty suspense and faulty terror.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
...an interesting little piece of entertainment: stylized, ambitious, and filled with scenes in which the element of creepiness seems genuine rather than synthetic.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 1/4
The hellishly long buildup works, but the payoff is predictable, pitting Merrin against a contortionist white devil in a blue dress.
Stellan Skarsgard deserves another movie. This cruel, nasty, ugly prequel deserves to be exorcised right off the marquee.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
This Exorcist prequel is more or less what used to be called a B-movie. Even B-movies, however, had to please audiences on some level.
Never underestimate the box-office appeal of a boring horror film.
| Original Score: 3/10
A lot of noisy tomfoolery that never coalesces into a solid horror yarn, lacking even the beloved pea soup 'n' rotating noggins that made us quake way back when.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Working Nazis into the satanic brew certainly ups the evil ante, but it doesn't help make Exorcist: The Beginning a worthwhile movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Although Old Scratch isn't strong enough to fight off the Baltimore Catechism for very long, the scares are good enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The priest grabs a rifle and blasts away: Father Merrin, action hero.
Boring as hell.
| Original Score: D+
Warner's late-game recruiting of a vulgarian like Renny Harlin to tack on some barf-bag moments is simply an insult to fans of the original.
Blood, flies, maggots, ravenous hyenas, power failures, grave-digging and much ineffectual voodoo ensue.
Exceedingly lame production has few frights and not much story either.
Not unlike Exorcist II. It's a huge mess with passages of great beauty, juxtaposed with a few truly scary moments and a bunch of hokum and stupidity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Yet another film where a loyal black man dies to save his "master," a Hollywood trend that's downright sickening.
| Original Score: 1/5
...yes, it is as bad as you've heard.