Critics Consensus

Sleek and stylish, but those qualities are wasted on a dull, derivative blend of sci-fi, action, and horror.



Total Count: 98


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Priest, a western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. -- (C) Sony

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Maggie Q
as Priestess
Christopher Plummer
as Monsignor Orelas
Karl Urban
as Black Hat
Brad Dourif
as Salesman
Stephen Moyer
as Owen Pack
Alan Dale
as Monsignor Chamberlain
Mädchen Amick
as Shannon Pace
Dave Florek
as Crocker
Joel Polinsky
as Dr. Tomlin
Josh Wingate
as Familiar
Jon Braver
as Familiar
Theo Kypri
as Familiar
John Griffin
as Familiar
David Bianchi
as Familiar
Tanoai Reed
as Brave Priest
Arnold Chon
as Strong Priest
Austin Priester
as Flashback Priest
Kevin T. McCarthy
as English Speaking Preacher
Boyuen Lou
as Chinese Speaking Preacher
Anthony Azizi
as Farsi Speaking Preacher
Pramod Kumar
as Hindi Speaking Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Priest

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (83)

  • Bettany is a great actor who does melancholy very well, he also has a sense of mischief. It would be nice to see it shine a bit before it, too, fades to grey.

    Aug 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Its visual style veers between bleached desert tones and slimy undercover dankness, but the 3D version is undistinguished.

    Aug 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The God of Aborted Franchises will be pleased.

    May 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • "Priest'' is based on a series of Korean graphic novels. What it's really based on, though, is other movies - a whole lot of other movies.

    May 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • High production values and slick editing can't save this picture. Nor does its overbearing soundtrack music, which tries to strong-arm viewers into believing they're watching a pulse-pounding thriller.

    May 15, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A mash-up of vampire horror and period westerns stewed with Blade Runner cityscapes and ridiculous religious images in a bubbling cauldron of dumb ideas and sinfully bad dialogue.

    May 15, 2011 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Priest

  • Dec 14, 2015
    In a world ravaged by centuries of war between humans and vampires some warrior priests attempt to tip the scales in favor of humanity. Get ready for some puny humans against superhuman vampires action, shot in the best remember-the-Matrix style. Or not.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2015
    We usually get about 3 films like this a year, A fantasy action film that no one really hears much about and they hardly ever deliver in entertainment value, This is the same, It could of been better but it's too dark, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version but I can't imagine it being any good, It felt rushed and the action scenes were nothing great, The effects were ok but that's about it, It's not a terrible film but it was never going to be great.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2013
    The only thing sharp in this movie was the minimal action. Everything else including the acting was a little whack. Although the story had originality it lacked true execution which made the movie a little corny.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2013
    In the future, the humans have won a decisive war against the vampires, thus ensuring humanity will be safe from any more teen vampire movies, but at a great cost, rendering most of the planet a vast wasteland. But then news reaches a former warrior priest(Paul Bettany), reduced to manual labor, of a vampire attack and his niece Lucy(Lily Collins) being taken captive. Still, Monsignor Orelas(Christopher Plummer) forbids him from going to the rescue, on the off chance there might be a toilet that needs cleaning, but the priest goes anyway. Along with Hicks(Cam Gigandet), a family friend and local sheriff, he follows a lead that takes them to a vampire reservation. "Priest" has certain things going for it like its astounding visuals.(Ah, the kids these days and their computer effects...) And, oooh, look, a train! While the movie may think it is telling a different kind of story, it really is not. And not just a western, but a specific western, "The Searchers," which as overrated as it is, is still much superior to what is going on here.(And I did not realize that until the 38th time Hicks asked if the priest was going to kill Lucy.) The worst part is this means that vampires take the place of the Indians in the story, and not very scary vampires at that. And then there is Paul Bettany who is certainly no John Wayne.(And yes, John Wayne was no Paul Bettany but this ain't a Lars von Trier movie we're talking about.) Well, at least, Karl Urban got the memo. That having been said, "Priest" remains marginal until its climax, when instead of hitting its stride, falls apart at the worst possible moment, finding even more movies to ransack and proving that there are indeed limits to suspending one's disbelief.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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