Exorcist: The Beginning Reviews

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
October 26, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
September 16, 2004
Harlin amps up the sound effects and gore in an attempt to disguise the absence of any genuine scares.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 5, 2004
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
September 4, 2004
...an interesting little piece of entertainment: stylized, ambitious, and filled with scenes in which the element of creepiness seems genuine rather than synthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
September 4, 2004
...atrocious...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
The hellishly long buildup works, but the payoff is predictable, pitting Merrin against a contortionist white devil in a blue dress.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 1, 2004
Stellan Skarsgard deserves another movie. This cruel, nasty, ugly prequel deserves to be exorcised right off the marquee.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 30, 2004
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.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
August 30, 2004
Never underestimate the box-office appeal of a boring horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 29, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
August 29, 2004
Working Nazis into the satanic brew certainly ups the evil ante, but it doesn't help make Exorcist: The Beginning a worthwhile movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 28, 2004
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
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 27, 2004
The priest grabs a rifle and blasts away: Father Merrin, action hero.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
August 27, 2004
Boring as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 27, 2004
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.
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
August 26, 2004
Blood, flies, maggots, ravenous hyenas, power failures, grave-digging and much ineffectual voodoo ensue.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 26, 2004
Exceedingly lame production has few frights and not much story either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 26, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
August 26, 2004
Yet another film where a loyal black man dies to save his "master," a Hollywood trend that's downright sickening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 26, 2004
...yes, it is as bad as you've heard.
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