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The Exorcist Reviews

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February 8, 2018
"The Exorcist".. may not be a great film. It is, however, a brilliantly successful horror movie.
January 8, 2018
Friedkin seems to have found his forte.
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.
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.
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