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Exorcist: The Beginning Reviews

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August 24, 2017
Unlike the first film, in which audience members fainted and threw up, the showdown between good and evil prompted more laughter amongst the audience than terror.
June 7, 2011
An utter violation of anything that ever made The Exorcist memorable... just gaudy effects and things jumping out to say "boo!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
January 1, 2011
Brutal. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 29, 2009
Contrived, cliché, murky, muddled, and an utterly gory mess...
June 19, 2008
More than 30 years after the original hit screens, along comes the very best of the sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2007
Most of the movie feels nothing like an Exorcist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 27, 2007
The serious Catholic themes that made the original film genuinely disturbing have been flattened out into a cartoonish backstory pitting Merrin against Nazi storm troopers.
February 27, 2007
This is not horror. It's sadism.
December 30, 2006
Flawed, but still good.
September 22, 2006
Some things are better left mysterious, and some movies better left unmade.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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June 24, 2006
Reams of tedious exposition finally give way to a random jumble of horror movie clichés, rising to a shrill pitch of hysteria that is never remotely frightening.
April 1, 2006
It isn't quite hell, but clambering to the end of this dusty remnant of an idea is certainly purgatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 25, 2005
One would think studios would shy away from this dead horse; I guess the power of crap compels them.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
July 11, 2005
What is rather horrifying is how this would-be thriller manages the bizarre feat of being simultaneously dull and completely ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 1, 2005
It doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 15, 2005
Exorcist: The Beginning makes the mistake of confusing loud noises, grotesque images, obscene violence, and buckets of blood for frights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
December 7, 2004
Harlin's hamfisted horror-show offers an hour and a half of tooth-grinding boredom followed by 20 minutes of all-singing, all-dancing, knees-up stupidity.
November 25, 2004
The prequel to William Friedkin popular shock opera emphasizes unpleasantness over scares and coherence.
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October 30, 2004
A botch job of mistimed scare scenes, bland characters and computer-generated hyenas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2004
Laughably poor prequel that is dumb, nonsensical and not remotely scary -- however, it remains watchable thanks to Stellan Skarsgard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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