Brutal. Not for kids.
| Original Score: 1/5
The battle here is not between Father Merrin and the Devil. It's between those who'd make a scary film about a priest wrestling with his faith and those who'd prefer an artificially adrenalized satanic smackdown.
| Original Score: 2/5
Maybe the long-troubled, twiced-filmed prequel should be called Exorcist: The Boring.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Harlin amps up the sound effects and gore in an attempt to disguise the absence of any genuine scares.
...a soul-deadening, feature-length hodgepodge of clichéd horror reveals and unstylish gore-for-the-sake-of-gore, sewn together with loose threads of dull exposition.
| Original Score: 1/4
This is what happens when an entire movie is created via reshoot.
This is the kind of film that mysteriously vanishes from most participants' resumes.
'If you can't scare 'em, repulse 'em' would appear to be the motto of Exorcist: The Beginning.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The scariest thing here is the editing, which is - bar none - the worst I have ever seen in a mainstream Hollywood movie.
carves out its own niche by combining the Christian horror of the original with the cruelties and crassness of colonialism.
Let's hope Exorcist: The Beginning marks the end of a franchise that never should have gone beyond the 1973 original
It never approaches the stratospheric badness of Exorcist II: The Heretic, but this lemon does its damndest to heap more dirt on the franchise's grave.
By the time we get to the real exorcising, it's too late. We're bored with, and as, hell.
| Original Score: D+
The best thing that can be said for it is that everybody got paid handsomely for killing off a franchise.
It manages a trifecta of pain: It's dull, it's grim, it's stupid. How's that for a recommendation?
Not good to be sure, but hardly the unwatchable black hole of Suck we had been led to anticipate.
| Original Score: C
Despite a high body count, shock cuts and loud noises, this prequel to William Friedkin's 1973 horror film fails to deliver any palpable shivers.
Maybe Schrader's more subdued take was really the only way to approach this story. Hopefully one day we can all see the difference.
An utter violation of anything that ever made The Exorcist memorable... just gaudy effects and things jumping out to say "boo!"
| Original Score: 2/10