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Lost Souls (2000)



Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 84

Though Kaminski's film is visually stylish, Lost Souls is just another derivative entry in the Apocalypse genre, with lackluster direction, unengaging characters, and no scares.


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 28

Though Kaminski's film is visually stylish, Lost Souls is just another derivative entry in the Apocalypse genre, with lackluster direction, unengaging characters, and no scares.



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A woman who has survived the touch of ultimate evil must now save one man from the same fate in order to protect the world in this supernatural thriller. Maya Larkin (Winona Ryder) is a devout Catholic who is said to have been possessed by a demon as a child; she now works with Father Lareaux (John Hurt) and John Townshend (Elias Koteas), fellow believers who perform exorcisms on troubled souls they believe are controlled by Satan. While performing an exorcism on a mass murderer, Henry Birdsong


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Pierce Gardner, Betsy Stahl

Feb 27, 2001


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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (84) | DVD (21)

Alas, look is everything here and storytelling and characters are next to nothing, so what emerges is oddly ineffectual and uninvolving -- visually striking set pieces set loose in a void.

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The tedious storytelling sucks the life and soul out of the characters far more effectively than Satan ever manages.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[An] unholy mess of a flick.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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With the original Exorcist back at the multiplex, you don't need this pale copy.

May 8, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Odd camera angles, artfully dim lighting and showy tracking shots simply don't make up for suspense or intelligence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Kaminski brings all the visual oomph one could ask for, but not enough narrative spine, momentum, or substance.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Teenage horror fans can do much better.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The anticlimactic, is-that-all-there-is ending winds everything up not with a bang, but a whimper.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Mood alone cannot energize this slow, simplistic, and anticlimactic Exorcist pretender.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

An absolutely terrible movie, sloppily constructed and poorly executed.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Ryder seems serious enough, but there's no real evidence that she's even trying to act...

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The result is well-photographed but frighteningly incoherent.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

There's a good reason this lackluster fright-fest sat on the shelf for two years. It's nothing more than a tired Winona Ryder vehicle taking advantage of the topic du jour -- demonic possession.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Even a cameo by John Hurt fails to make this film worthwhile.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Just wall-to-wall goofiness.

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

An engaging, stylish and satisfying film.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

It's still a little smarter and a little more interesting than most entries in the antichrist genre and packs more than one satisfying scare.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Does anyone really think they have an original satanic thriller up their sleeve?

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Think of the air going out of a balloon.

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

Oh my God! THIS is what we're having for dinner?? AGAIN???

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Once the movie's lack of good sense is taken into account, this great-looking production is reduced to just that, and nothing more.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A classic case of a good idea spun too far out of control.

May 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Lost Souls

This unholy spawn of The Exorcist out of Rosemary's Baby is dreary going indeed, even when it becomes unintentionally hilarious.
August 18, 2008
Dean McKenna

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End of the world flick about tracking down the anti christ. Interesting ending but a weak movie.
January 27, 2007

Super Reviewer

Lost Souls is a dark and suspenseful thriller that explores the battle between spiritual forces. The story follows an exorcist who attempts to save a man who has been mark to be Satan's vessel, so that he can take human form. Winona Ryder and Ben Chaplin lead the cast and give solid performances. The film is very stylized and atmospheric, which helps it to maintain an air of suspense and a sense of foreboding. And while the material is fairly derivative, it does have some dark turns and twists that give the story some additional intrigue and edginess. Though it does have flaws, Lost Souls is a hauntingly chilling supernatural thriller.
April 24, 2012
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

A pretty interesting film. Not the greatest flick out there, but still a little entertaining with a few scares.
October 23, 2011
Jacob Palacio

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