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The Exorcism of Emily Rose Reviews

September 12, 2005
Very scary stuff. And as a courtroom drama, very effective.
September 9, 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.
September 9, 2005
The performances are topnotch.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2005
This is a horror movie, for once, which really wants us to use our heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2005
Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2005
Director and co-writer Scott Derrickson thinks he's not ripping off the 1973 Exorcist, presumably because his effects are too tacky to work up a scare or a convincing case for possession.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 9, 2005
This isn't a movie. It's a miscarriage of cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 9, 2005
The most frightening thing about The Exorcism of Emily Rose is how three Oscar-nominated actors were talked into working with Scott Dietrickson, writer-director of the direct-to-video Hellraiser: Inferno.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2005
The Exorcism of Emily Rose must be the dullest exorcist movie ever made, turning instead into a dry courtroom drama.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 9, 2005
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is not the horror film its trailers suggest. It's a courtroom drama -- sort of a People vs. Beelzebub -- and not a particularly arresting one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2005
[The director] has made a paint-by-numbers horror film without a shred of originality and then added onto it, like a second head, a paint-by-numbers courtroom drama without a shred of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2005
Less talk. More head spinning. These are the charges against The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which delivers some creepy moments but only after endless scenes of courtroom wrangling.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2005
Emily Rose succeeds not so much with re-branding, but through good old-fashioned star power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2005
A perfectly sorry excuse for a horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 8, 2005
Inserting a dose of horror into a standard courtroom drama, writer-director Scott Derrickson and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman have constructed a well-cast yet dopey tale that is much less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
September 8, 2005
A movie with a severe identity crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 8, 2005
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is more courtroom drama than horror movie, playing like a rejected TV spinoff -- Law & Order: SSU (Special Satanic Unit).
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2005
While not especially good, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, directed by Scott Derrickson, is still a fascinating cultural document in the age of intelligent design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2005
The no-nonsense ferocity of Linney's defense attorney binds this split-personality film, keeping us in the game whenever it threatens to buckle under the combined weight of ambition and silliness.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2005
[An] intriguing and perplexing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2005
It's a pity that all this exposition is written with such clunkiness that it would make George Lucas yelp.
September 8, 2005
Creepy enough at first, this relatively gore-free film gradually becomes a stifling talk-fest in which superb actors drone on for so long about the nature of belief that one longs for a juror to spew a little pea soup.
September 8, 2005
As horror it's not so horrifying, and as a courtroom drama we can see better any night on Law and Order.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 7, 2005
An uneasy hybrid of horror, courtroom drama and true-life story.
September 7, 2005
An intelligent inquiry into the limitations of belief and faith as a defense in a court of law woo-wooed up with a heaping of religious-girl-gone-mad conniption fits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 6, 2005
Apparently, exorcism horror movies lose a good deal of footing unless they're 'based on a true story' -- and authentication is hard to come by.
September 2, 2005
An unusually intelligent genre item that manages to mix full-bore horror with courtroom drama.