The Devil Inside Reviews

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Alissa Simon
Variety
April 16, 2012
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 13, 2012
From the amateur acting, writing and directing to an ending that is shocking only in its stupidity, The Devil Inside will make you puke for all the wrong reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 10, 2012
It stumbles along to what may arguably be the most abrupt, nonsensical ending since Luis Bunuel stopped slicing cows' eyes for the sake of surrealism.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 7, 2012
"The Devil Inside'' usefully reminds us how little it takes to make some people scream in a crowded movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
January 7, 2012
The Devil Inside's biggest shock arrives when it abruptly ends - just as it hits its stride.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2012
People of the world: If you find some footage, leave it be. You will likely be doing the rest of us a huge favor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Matt Singer
Time Out
January 6, 2012
Whatever possessed Bell & Co. to turn a slow-burning creepfest into a frenzied freak show of multiple exorcisms (including one in a moving car), the devil only knows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
January 6, 2012
You can see where this is going, and the filmmakers can see that you can see. So they rush to the hideous yet hilarious climax in little more than an hour and then pad the running time with the slowest-moving credits ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 6, 2012
While it doesn't exactly reinvent the inverted cross, The Devil Inside definitely puts a nifty indie spin on the demonic possession genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 6, 2012
Clearly, when a cheapie pickup like "Paranormal Activity," which Paramount released a few years ago, turns into franchise gold, there's just no stopping the banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 6, 2012
The Catholic Church was wise to want nothing to do with The Devil Inside. Everyone else should follow suit.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
January 6, 2012
Bell directs with all the enthusiasm of a guy who was called into work on his day off.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 6, 2012
Director William Brent Bell (Stay Alive) and his co-writer Matthew Peterman offer way too much set-up for too little payoff.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 6, 2012
Proves as scary and unsettling as a slab of devil's food cake - only considerably less satisfying.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 6, 2012
The Devil Inside joins a long, woozy-camera parade of found-footage scare pictures, among them The Blair Witch Project, the Paranormal Activity films and certain wedding videos that won't go away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 6, 2012
It's better when you don't show too much - but if your story is about the supernatural, eventually you're going to have to come up with something. "The Devil Inside" can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 6, 2012
Here it is just the first week of January, and already we have a strong candidate for the worst movie of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 6, 2012
Despite the palpable air of deja vu that hangs over it like a light fog, The Devil Inside generates a fair amount of suspense during sizable swaths of its familiar but serviceable exorcism-centric scenario.