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Exorcist: The Beginning Reviews

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Lucius Gore
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
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 30, 2006
Flawed, but still good.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
March 1, 2005
It doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Keyes
September 4, 2004
...an interesting little piece of entertainment: stylized, ambitious, and filled with scenes in which the element of creepiness seems genuine rather than synthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 30, 2004
This Exorcist prequel is more or less what used to be called a B-movie. Even B-movies, however, had to please audiences on some level.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 26, 2004
Not unlike Exorcist II. It's a huge mess with passages of great beauty, juxtaposed with a few truly scary moments and a bunch of hokum and stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 25, 2004
The Beginning tries to be three films in one, but winds up lacking coherence or any identity of its own. However, it isn't horrible when taken as a simple horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
August 24, 2004
Schrader's vision still comes through, despite Harlin's excessive and posturing blood-letting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
August 23, 2004
...I had goose-bumps on my goose-bumps clear to the top of my head...
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 23, 2004
It rates fairly high on both the Scare-O-Meter and Gross-Out Scale, with an early hyena attack guaranteed to have you flinching in terror.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 22, 2004
Stellan Skarsgard's haunting portrayal of a man struggling with his faith overshadows the special effects and horror aspects of this 'Exorcist' prequel.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 22, 2004
What would possess a filmmaker to create another "Exocist" movie?
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
August 21, 2004
Impressive on a number of levels and awful on precious few.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 19, 2004
I was mildly surprised when it didn't stink up the joint. In that regard, you can call it the Queen of the Damned 2004.
| Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Brutal. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Contrived, cliché, murky, muddled, and an utterly gory mess...
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Most of the movie feels nothing like an Exorcist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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