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The Last Exorcism (2010)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 108 | Rotten: 42

It doesn't fully deliver on the chilly promise of its Blair Witch-style premise, but The Last Exorcism offers a surprising number of clever thrills.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 8

It doesn't fully deliver on the chilly promise of its Blair Witch-style premise, but The Last Exorcism offers a surprising number of clever thrills.



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Disillusioned charlatan Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) comes face to face with pure evil after recruiting a documentary film crew to capture the final exorcism of his career. For years, Reverend Marcus has taken advantage of the faithful and desperate. Now it's time for him to finally come clean. Just as Reverend Marcus prepares to shoot the film that will set the record straight, he receives an urgent letter from a desperate farmer. The devil has taken possession of his beloved


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Jan 4, 2011


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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (42) | DVD (8)

The only thing finally astonishing about The Last Exorcism is its goofiness.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Comment (1)
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The latest entry in the pseudo-documentary horror film sweepstakes, The Last Exorcism has its terrifying moments and its silly ones.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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The credibility of faux-documentary filmmaking relies on clear plotting and convincing, semi-improvised acting.

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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A creepy, smartly written and very entertaining low-budget chiller.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (6)
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An unusually restrained and genuinely eerie little movie perched at the intersection of faith, folklore and female puberty.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Stamm creates an anxious psychological horror that's vaguely familiar yet refreshingly original.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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The Last Exorcism is completely boring, devoid of any scares, tension or unease and has one of the worst endings ever. Avoid at all costs.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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It's disappointing--if not exactly surprising--when at the halfway point the film turns into THE LINDA BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.

October 13, 2013 Full Review Source:

A fairly absorbing pseudo-documentary demonic-possession flick with all the bodily contortions and jittery camerawork you'd expect.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Even if you take "The Last Exorcism" on its own terms, you're going to be in for quite an uneventful movie.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

Its mature focus on characterization really sets the film apart.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical

The seams are obvious in this faux documentary, but the thrills are fairly genuine.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

If you make a film about exorcism, you better be ready to be compared to one of the best films ever made. Surprisingly, the film holds its own in that regard.

January 11, 2011 Full Review Source:

Does a great job of sustaining tension by distracting you with (get this) interesting characters and a novel approach.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: FEARnet

...ultimately fares a whole lot better in its first half than in its second...

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source:

The Last Exorcism is a tasty slice of religious themed exploitation of little innovation, yet with plenty of thrills.

November 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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Unfortunately the predictable and unoriginal finale undermines the overall impact.

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comments (2)
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If you're not too found-footaged out after two Paranormal Activities in the past year, The Last Exorcism is sure to be good for a bad, shaky-cam fright or three.

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

The Last Exorcism is a rare reminder that the genre label "horror" derives from the word horrifying, not horrible.

November 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)

A perfectly acceptable, rather low key addition to the horror-mockumentary genre, following a fraudulent Pastor who's decided to allow a camera crew to film one last job extracting the devil from an innocent girl.

November 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Unfortunately, at about the half-way point, the brittle mood so carefully created by the single-camera coverage is broken by multi-camera editing and the overlaying of creepy music, just like in standard horror fare.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The viewer is placed squarely in the position of anonymous documentarian in this charmingly comic, ably performed, surprisingly sincere and often chilling first-person funhouse of a film.

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

The climax owes a debt to a seminal 1960s horror film which it would be unfair to name -- suffice it to say the comparison doesn't do The Last Exorcism any favours.

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The conceit of the premise is entirely plausible and there is enough character establishment in the preparatory scenes to build engagement on a deeper level.What's more, it has something of a twist at the end

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

More than a decade after The Blair Witch project turned the mock-doc format into a horror cliche, this low-tech horror show uses it to chilling effect in this story of cynicism vs. things that go bump in the night.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
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Audience Reviews for The Last Exorcism

The first time I watched this was when it first came out, and I watched it on a bootleg copy. I wasn't really in the mood for a movie, but watched it anyway, and didn't really enjoy it. I think my mood and the copy really had a lot to do with it. I would recommend re-watching movies on dvd/blu ray if you watch it originally on a cam bootleg. You really see two different movies. I hadn't revisited this until I got a copy of the second one and thought "I don't really remember anything from the first one". So, I re-watched it, and found that it is much better than I remember. This movie is very effective and has a unique spin on exorcism movies. It's about a preacher who wants to prove that exorcisms are a scam, so he takes 2 people on a trip with him to perform an exorcism on a girl named Nell. Only, things with Nell are different and his plan doesn't quite work like he thought it would. Shown in POV(like "Blair Witch"), you get a really good sense of being there. It's not nearly as jarring as most of these movies are. Now, is it a great horror movie? Not really. I feel like it could have gone farther with some things, and the ending is still a little weird, but effective. However, it is better than a lot, and definitely worth re-watching.
July 11, 2013
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The found-footage genre has been abused so many times since The Blair Witch Project's surprise success, I think the only reason that it was used in The Last Exorcism was to bring in the money. But this is surprisingly not your typical run of the mill fare. There's this weird presumption nowadays that if a horror film is made to look like it was captured on a handheld camera that it will scare us more. The idea itself is preposterous and this film is proof. It manages to be creepy, thought provoking and eery without the full use of it's mockumentary style. However this is a criticism rather than a compliment, it failed to sew that illusion after the first 30 minutes. So the way it's been filmed is a failure. Other than that there are several problems. There is a lack of long and tense builds ups, a slow and overly self-explanatory beggining, and possibly one of the worst endings in recent memory. After having a good 50 minutes or so of incredibly convincing performances (particularly the promising Ashley Bell), a good number of well directed frights and some rough character development it throws absolutely everything out the window by wimping out with a brainless, unimaginative and very cliched cop out finale. To forgive it and then say the film is a solid horror piece would be absolutely pushing it. But this is the first genuinely creepy film with an Eli Roth production credit. I think his debut film Cabin Fever is acceptable, and I think the Hostel movies are lame and predictable. But backing off as producer he has teamed up with a director who knows what he's doing, up to a point. Despite it's lack of originality, it's horrible ending and it's genetic predictability, The Last Exorcism overall never fails to intrigue.
December 30, 2012
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The Last Exorcism is the epitome of a wasted opportunity. The premise is fantastic and the clever build up in documentary style is brilliant - it's just completely ruined by the ending, the same ending that seems to go hand in hand with all 'Horror mockumentaries' or 'Found footage' movies. Man Bites Dog was the best and first, Blair Witch followed suit (copied it) and now they're all at it, although this one was perhaps the worst executed (excuse the pun). It is also misleading with its poster, nothing new in the world of horror movies but annoying all the same. The title is also a bit rubbish, unfortunately though, it isn't the last exorcism, there is a sequel on the way - I wonder if they'll learn from their mistakes?
August 16, 2012

Super Reviewer

An efficient mockumentary that employs a precise pacing to follow a charlatanical Reverend who explores people for money - until he encounters more than he had bargained for. Suffice to say that it grows really terrifying, but the editing is flawed like most productions of the kind.
August 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Nell Sweetzer: I hear you don't believe in me.
    2. Cotton Marcus: Who are you?
    3. Nell Sweetzer: Abalam.
    4. Cotton Marcus: Where's Nell?
    5. Nell Sweetzer: In the fire, she's been there for some time soon you'll join her.
    – Submitted by Dylan C (14 months ago)
    1. Reverend Cotton Marcus: If you believe in God, then you gotta believe in the Devil.
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (2 years ago)
    1. Nell Sweetzer: Hey, Kitty kitty. [begins stabbing cat to death while video taping it]
    – Submitted by Dan P (2 years ago)
    1. Cotton Marcus: Is that regular water?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Nell Sweetzer: Hey priest, want a blowing job?!
    – Submitted by Cypha M (3 years ago)
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