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The Exorcism of Emily Rose Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 9, 2005
As horror, it's only mildly chilling. As anything more serious, it's half-hearted and intellectually not up to the challenge, great cast or no.
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 15, 2005
[S]omewhere, we suspect, the ghost of William Castle is snickering.
| Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 8, 2005
Aside from the occasional 'boo!' moment, the film lacks anything to stand nape hairs on end, and the trail -- which occupies a majority of the overlong 113 minute running length -- is unremarkable, despite some nice performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 8, 2005
Each element detracts from the others and the end result is both overheated and cheesy, narratively weak and theologically suspect.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2005
Emily Rose doesn't bring any particular style or tone to its rehashing of courtroom or horror conventions. As written and directed the tale contains few wrinkles.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 8, 2005
Derrickson surprisingly shows more aptitude for his film's courtroom portions than its horror segments, which draw more laughs than shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
September 9, 2005
The first half plays like the best exorcism film yet produced... the second half plays like an elongated episode of "Law and Order."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 4, 2007
Derrickson's film has been overtaken by bland characters, cheap shocks, kindergarten theology and a pace so plodding that viewers will be left wondering whether it is just Erin's watch that has mysteriously stopped.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 10, 2005
A pedantic supernatural hybrid of Inherit the Wind and Audrey Rose.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 8, 2005
It is, essentially, a flat courtroom movie that has been spiced up with a few scenes of demonic possession.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
September 10, 2005
Rose is sadly more Exorcist II than Exorcist.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 9, 2007
Now to each their own, but serious-minded Sunday preaching mixed in with the occult, is just not my cup of witch's brew.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
A glum and undistinguished drama -- it's certainly nothing so crass as a horror movie, despite the spooky come-on of the marketing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 9, 2005
Derrickson - or the studio heads, or both - ruin the movie's ambiguity by showing us ghosts and demons as if they existed beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
September 8, 2005
I'm a hung jury: I'm guilty of getting off on the courtroom twist on the horror genre, but I object to the one-sidedness of the story.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
September 8, 2005
It wants to combine John Grisham's legalese with Dean R. Koontz's faith-oriented spooks. But any pulpy jolts have been expelled from the body of this retro-horror wannabe.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
September 9, 2005
If you are looking for a fright fest like The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose will be a big disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 11, 2005
Levitating tweens, rails of pea soup, and young ladies who lose their manners and their bladders at cocktail parties have no place here.
| Original Score: C+
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
September 8, 2005
Part spine-tingling horror movie, part unorthodox courtroom drama, Emily Rose runs into trouble because it's ironically more credible as the former than the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 8, 2005
It's just another in the string of subpar exorcism movies which followed 1973's never-rivalled The Exorcist, gussied up with an A-list cast and dishonest marketing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Frank Wilkins
Reel Reviews
September 24, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
December 6, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 6, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005
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September 24, 2005

Baltimore Sun
September 24, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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June 24, 2006
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