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Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen

Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (2000)

tomatometer

88

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 10

The Exorcist has withstood the test of time, and it still has that renegade feel and the power to shock.

83

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 3

The Exorcist has withstood the test of time, and it still has that renegade feel and the power to shock.

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Movie Info

When a 12-year old girl is possessed by demons, a young priest takes it upon himself to selflessly save her at the behest of her famous movie-star mother.

R,

Horror

William Peter Blatty

$38.7M

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (10) | DVD (29)

there's something elemental about The Exorcist, even with the new hopeful ending that betrays the bleak original.

May 8, 2001
Rolling Stone
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A brilliant horror film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Still jolting.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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The new version's amendments, for the most part, are distracting and sometimes unintentionally funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Besides the performances, which are uniformly strong, what's so terrific about "The Exorcist" is how it's in no hurry to get to the meat of its horror. Unlike today's horror movies, it isn't exploitative. It's about its characters.

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

I went prepared to be scared, and woke up sleep-walking two nights in a row after I saw it. Isn't that what horror movies are supposed to do?

April 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The movie's eerie quietude is gone.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...Still a thrill to watch after all these years, so full it's hard to absorb in one showing, so affecting it will still keep you awake at night. But maybe for different reasons.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Comment (1)
Film Quips Online

It's a little longer and a little more concerned with story. Its bark has grown though, and there's still no serious challenger to its title of 'The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made'.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It weaves a frightening spell right from the get-go.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Comment (1)
Cincinnati Enquirer

An expanded DVD version of the classic tale about demonic possession and exorcism.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If you want to know what the 1970s were all about, this is probably required viewing. ...frankly, a reissue of "Earthquake" in Sensurround would have been a lot more fun.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comments (2)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Is it better for the additional material? That's debatable. Is it still the scariest film of all time? Watch it for yourself and try to disagree.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

The Exorcist (1973) is the sensational, shocking horror story about devil possession and the exorcism of the demonic spirits from a young, innocent girl (of a divorced family)

August 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

There is no doubting this is a traumatic film, but whether or not you enjoy it will depend on what you're looking for.

April 25, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC
BBC

Promete volver a causar insomnio en buena parte de los que la experimenten en la pantalla grande

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

In an era when many films compete to scare the hell out of you, The Exorcist remains one of the few able to successfully scare the hell into you, a feat which assuredly deserves another go-round.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

When it was originally released, I believed its detractors and avoided the film entirely. A bad move, which I have now corrected.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Truly terrifying.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As shocking and bold now as it was then.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: IFilm
IFilm

A horror film that stands the test of time and still gets under the skin.

January 1, 2000
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen

The greatest horror film ever made. It doesn't scare me or anything, but it is really well made and is one of my favorite movies.
June 23, 2011
CreedsDelight

Super Reviewer

Even better than the original that seemed to be flawless. The few key scenes they do add are amazing, I can't imagine the crab walk not being part of the experience now. I feel like the pacing is even better, there's more time spent with the characters and an even more mystifying tone to it. It will always be the horror movie that got me crazy about the genre, there's no way you can see this and not be utterly blown away. It's realistic, creepy and beautiful. William Friedken's level of detail is amazing and unmatched in the context of the release and expectations in horror movies at the time.
September 30, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

I saw this version and found it a little better than the original, but the beginning is boring and confusing.
December 17, 2011
Rodrigo Ramirez Corona

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