The Exorcism of Emily Rose

2005

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Loosely based on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose mixes compelling courtroom drama with generally gore-free scares in a ho-hum take on demonic cinema.

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In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19-year-old college freshman. A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed the exorcism that resulted in the girl's death.

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Critic Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (31)

Very scary stuff. And as a courtroom drama, very effective.

Sep 12, 2005

There's no green vomit and nobody's head ever rotates a full 360; we stay in the natural world and never enter a movie world, and that makes the movie a lot better.

Sep 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The performances are topnotch.

Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
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This is a horror movie, for once, which really wants us to use our heads.

Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As courtroom drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose works effectively; as a scarefest, it misses the mark. But the performances stick with you, particularly that of Linney, who has an elegant steeliness.

Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie.

Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Wilkinson and Linney's dynamic performances are the reason to see this melodramatic if typical exorcism piece, he as the anxious priest attempting to fit medieval beliefs into skeptical modern times and she as the atheist legal eagle he needs most to convince. Not boring.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Don't really remember seeing this, that might say alot about the quality of the film. I do remember that the possessed scenes weren't that cheesy, so that's a positive at least.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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½

Second best exorcism flick ever made! In the first place, of course, you'll find the 1973 cult phenomenon The Exorcist. What may be interesting to know though is that there's a true story behind this, that also became the inspiration for said classic. It is by many believed to be genuine, and as someone with personal experience of the supernatural, I have to admit that I'm a believer as well. Anyway, aside from the real-life mysteries upon which it is founded, this is a horror film that really hits the mark. Jennifer Carpenter is exceptionally convincing and there's creepiness in the plenty that will have your nerves working overtime. Expect your electrical bill to go up a tad, if you catch my drift. Because this is one movie you don't wanna be watching alone in a dark room. That's what I did, and I'm deeply regretting it now.

Mike S
Mike S

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People keep comparing this movie to 'The Exorcist', and judge that this one aint spooky enough. But this is not meant to be a spooky horror flick, in fact it is more like Exorcist, the novel, in terms of giving alternate explanations- religious and scientific- for every thing happening to Emily. (Something which was omitted in the movie version of The Exorcist) In the end, movie leaves it to the audience's discretion to believe or not in the stories about demons and exorcism.

Sajin P A
Sajin P A

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