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The Exorcist Reviews

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January 30, 2017
Without a doubt, "The Exorcist" is a touchstone in horror, seemingly incapable of taking a wrong step. Watching with the lights off is strongly encouraged. Turning them back on immediately afterwards will be a necessity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 4, 2016
The Exorcist runs out of steam long before reaching its decidedly low-key (and somewhat anticlimactic) finale...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2016
A work of cinema in its own league.
December 19, 2015
The film became famous for its gross-out effects, but what makes it work is the foreboding atmosphere, rooted in the characters, which director William Friedkin creates right from the film's opening frames.
October 15, 2014
The Exorcist, with its excellent cast, mounting intensity, and ingeniously constructed surprises, is still a commanding achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2014
The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2014
The Exorcist, like most memorable Hollywood movies, gains its power from the way it mixes opposites: new-style realism and sexual radicalism, old-style horror and religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 15, 2014
When I first saw The Exorcist, I saw only the literal side of the story. But as I watched it again, I began to view the movie as a dark fairy tale about a parent whose child is experiencing a painful trauma.
October 15, 2014
[Friedkin] knew he wasn't making art; he was concocting gross-out pop -- a movie so "scary" it borders on being silly.
October 15, 2014
Von Sydow, Blair and Mercedes McCambridge (the originally uncredited actress who dubbed Regan's gross mutterings) are flat-out terrific.
October 15, 2014
Less a cleverly spun story than a disjointed collection of shockeroos, surrounding a few ghoulishly effective moments with overcooked plot twists and in-your-face vulgarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2014
William Friedkin's adaptation of William Peter Blatty's novel, with a screenplay by the author, is a dead-serious meditation on the struggle between good and evil.
October 15, 2014
Aall The Exorcist does is take its audience for a ride, spewing it out the other end, shaken up but none the wiser.
March 25, 2014
The Exorcist not only tops the horror genre but transcends it, resulting in a profound experience where moviemaking horror, thrillingly dramatic storytelling and deeply felt spirituality of the Catholic kind make for pivotal viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 18, 2014
a brilliantly constructed, chilling tale of demonic possession and medical torture
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 26, 2013
A finely crafted thriller that benefits immensely from William Friedkin's controlled direction, William Peter Blatty's thematically fruitful script, Owen Roizman's imaginative camerawork and Dick Smith's startling makeup designs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2013
The Exorcist is what it purports to be, no less than one of the best horror films, one of the best films, of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 18, 2013
I loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2012
It's good stuff but, basically, The Exorcist is a museum piece, something to be enjoyed for its historical value, its datedness and its almost quaint shock value.
October 8, 2012
Friedkin's Exorcist holds up remarkably well.
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