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The Exorcist Reviews

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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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 15, 2014
Von Sydow, Blair and Mercedes McCambridge (the originally uncredited actress who dubbed Regan's gross mutterings) are flat-out terrific.
Enrique Fernandez
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 18, 2014
a brilliantly constructed, chilling tale of demonic possession and medical torture
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
J.C. Mašek III
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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
I loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
John G. Nettles
October 8, 2012
Friedkin's Exorcist holds up remarkably well.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 8, 2012
This notorious battle between good and evil, nominated for eight Oscars when it was originally released in 1973, is both a hysteric scream and an intentional as well as unintentional hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
October 8, 2012
Essential viewing for anyone who loves cinema. If you can endure it...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 20, 2012
succeeds best in developing its characters
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Some movies aren't just movies. They're closer to voodoo -- they channel currents larger and more powerful than themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 28, 2011
There's something new to be discovered in every viewing of The Exorcist.
Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
September 23, 2015
The film turns out to be a superior horror story, very ably directed by William Friedkin whose last film was The French Connection.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
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