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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 7, 2011
I can't call it a success, but it is certainly an outstanding failure, an attempt to broaden the horizons of a stale genre with real discussion of the matters that consume its maker.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's true "Dominion" is a better prequel than "The Beginning", but in the end, that's not really saying much in either case.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 29, 2007
I like both versions of Exorcist IV about the same... It's too bad that a clever editor couldn't have taken the best bits from both films and put them together into a co-directed, successful whole.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Neither a masterpiece nor a failure, it will probably appeal mostly to those with knowledge of its death and miraculous resurrection.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
After 32 years, two sequels, and two prequels, The Exorcist remains an impossible act to follow.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
October 26, 2005
"Dominion" isn't outright horror, and a welcome relief from the days where shots are shorter than the hairs on our heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 22, 2005
Apparently, Schrader never intended to make a horror movie, much to the dismay of the studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Cabin
October 14, 2005
tiresome and humdrum instead of thrilling
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
June 14, 2005
An ambitious failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 2, 2005
Dominion is only incrementally better than Exorcist: The Beginning and, with both films sharing so many story elements, Harlin is guilty of merely rearranging the deck chairs on Schrader's Titanic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Leslie Felperin
May 26, 2005
Schrader's intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while paying occasional lip-service to the need for scares.
Peter Sobczynski
May 25, 2005
One of the best American horror films in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 25, 2005
Intriguing, then, mainly for historical and comparison purposes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
May 25, 2005
The flick is still plagued by occasional tedious patches, bad special effects and silly dialogue (it seems no one caught those problems on either director's watch).
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 24, 2005
The frights, the scares, they just weren't there.
Todd Gilchrist
May 24, 2005
One instance of a CGI overlay looks as if the VFX crew added hand-drawn temp animation and then forgot to go back for a final polish.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 21, 2005
an intriguing near-miss rather than the unintentional laugh-fest that Harlin's version proved to be
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 21, 2005
The austere, cerebral 'Dominion' is a serious and ambitious alternative to Harlin's movie, but it's only marginally superior to it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
May 20, 2005
It's a good, thoughtful horror picture -- and thiiis close to being a very good one.
May 20, 2005
Schrader privileges theological debate over shocks and was neither the ideal director for a franchise horror film nor as incomprehensible a choice as some suggested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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