Deliver Us from Evil

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Director Scott Derrickson continues to have a reliably firm grasp on creepy atmosphere, but Deliver Us from Evil's lack of original scares is reflected in its shopworn title.

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In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases. (c) Screen Gems

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Critic Reviews for Deliver Us from Evil

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (94)

  • The director Scott Derrickson seems uncertain as to whether he is making an exploitation pic intended to give audiences a few fairground-style thrills and frights, or a William Friedkin-style meditation on the nature of evil.

    Aug 22, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • My faith, tested by use of the Doors as a Satanic conduit, vanished for ever the instant a possessed piano bashed out Pop Goes the Weasel.

    Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • With its Stygian production design and Bovril-on-the-lens aesthetic, the film works so hard to make an ordinary Bronx day feel like hell, you'll wonder what's left for the afterlife.

    Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • An impressively staged climactic exorcism compensates in part for the random, far-fetched storytelling that precedes it.

    Aug 19, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • These wellworn devices might have been more effective had Derrickson managed to link them to a compelling central idea.

    Jul 23, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If you didn't know that Jerry Bruckheimer produced this movie, the boot prints on your eardrums would've clued you in.

    Jul 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deliver Us from Evil

  • Jun 04, 2017
    I had put this film off for a long time and I must admit it should've stayed on the shelf. Eric Bana trounces over dead dialogue at every corner and a partner dies without a second mention. This is a bad film, not horrendously terrible film, just bad. The concept seemed interesting and now I seen the reviews I can't believe I never checked out RT beforehand. The real shock is the director involved did Doctor Strange and this film feels like Michael Bay, how marvel selected him after this film is amazing. This was a lazy horror film that gave no merit to supporting characters and the messy concept proves erratic. I was bored once we hit the detectives, the only interesting section was the opening prologue. Uninspired filmmaking and a somewhat career blow for Bana. 04-06-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2014
    Run of the mill exorcist/possession horror movie.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2014
    Not as scary as the Conjuring but some decent jump out of your seat moments but you have to suspend your belief to completely buy into this supposed true story. Bana and Ramiirez are good and it s perfect for Halloween! 10-27-2014
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2014
    The background music is terrible, and the story fails to hold attention.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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