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Exorcist: The Beginning Reviews

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Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Brutal. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
August 20, 2004
The battle here is not between Father Merrin and the Devil. It's between those who'd make a scary film about a priest wrestling with his faith and those who'd prefer an artificially adrenalized satanic smackdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 21, 2004
Maybe the long-troubled, twiced-filmed prequel should be called Exorcist: The Boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
September 16, 2004
Harlin amps up the sound effects and gore in an attempt to disguise the absence of any genuine scares.
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
August 25, 2004
...a soul-deadening, feature-length hodgepodge of clichéd horror reveals and unstylish gore-for-the-sake-of-gore, sewn together with loose threads of dull exposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Weinberg
August 19, 2004
This is what happens when an entire movie is created via reshoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2004
This is the kind of film that mysteriously vanishes from most participants' resumes.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 23, 2004
'If you can't scare 'em, repulse 'em' would appear to be the motto of Exorcist: The Beginning.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
August 20, 2004
The scariest thing here is the editing, which is - bar none - the worst I have ever seen in a mainstream Hollywood movie.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 30, 2004
carves out its own niche by combining the Christian horror of the original with the cruelties and crassness of colonialism.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
August 23, 2004
Let's hope Exorcist: The Beginning marks the end of a franchise that never should have gone beyond the 1973 original
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 25, 2004
It never approaches the stratospheric badness of Exorcist II: The Heretic, but this lemon does its damndest to heap more dirt on the franchise's grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
August 23, 2004
By the time we get to the real exorcising, it's too late. We're bored with, and as, hell.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
August 20, 2004
The best thing that can be said for it is that everybody got paid handsomely for killing off a franchise.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 21, 2004
It manages a trifecta of pain: It's dull, it's grim, it's stupid. How's that for a recommendation?
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 23, 2004
Not good to be sure, but hardly the unwatchable black hole of Suck we had been led to anticipate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 23, 2004
Despite a high body count, shock cuts and loud noises, this prequel to William Friedkin's 1973 horror film fails to deliver any palpable shivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
August 23, 2004
Maybe Schrader's more subdued take was really the only way to approach this story. Hopefully one day we can all see the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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