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The Last Exorcism Reviews

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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 3, 2010
The only thing finally astonishing about The Last Exorcism is its goofiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 2, 2010
The latest entry in the pseudo-documentary horror film sweepstakes, The Last Exorcism has its terrifying moments and its silly ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 1, 2010
The credibility of faux-documentary filmmaking relies on clear plotting and convincing, semi-improvised acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 27, 2010
A creepy, smartly written and very entertaining low-budget chiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 27, 2010
An unusually restrained and genuinely eerie little movie perched at the intersection of faith, folklore and female puberty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
August 27, 2010
Stamm creates an anxious psychological horror that's vaguely familiar yet refreshingly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 27, 2010
The Last Exorcism is fueled by the arrogance of its smarmy outsider, the expert who knows everything except what an ass he is.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 27, 2010
The pseudo-documentary premise is paper-thin at the outset and wears out long before Botko and Gurland's script lurches toward the dumbest and least plausible solution to the mystery.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2010
This is the rare horror film that would have been entertaining even if nothing scary happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
August 27, 2010
A tense and generally understated chiller that might creep you right the hell out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 26, 2010
Mostly good fun if only for the sentiment expressed by a colleague and shared by a big contingent of horror fans: "I'm always up for a nice exorcism movie."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 26, 2010
A man very much of these times, Cotton is that rarity in the horror genre: a genuinely intriguing character.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2010
The Last Exorcism stirs up a caldron of handheld-camera technique, faith-challenged drama and solid acting for a suitably squirmy tale of demonic possession.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 26, 2010
Satan gets behind The Last Exorcism in a fiendishly clever plot that starts out creepily enthralling, then collapses in a heap.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 26, 2010
The Last Exorcism pulls off its sweetly scary magic trick with great style and panache.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jesse Singal
Boston Globe
August 26, 2010
It's like director Daniel Stamm and his crew realized they were treading awfully close to making a film with real depth and edge that horror audiences might hate, and they just couldn't pull the trigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 26, 2010
While Daniel Stamm doesn't reinvent the form with the low-budget pseudo-doc The Last Exorcism, he exploits it well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Noah Berlatsky
Chicago Reader
August 26, 2010
In its eagerness to deliver familiar genre pleasures, it somehow misplaces its soul.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 26, 2010
That this comes via minimal special effects is admirable, but the movie also cheats a bit: Tinkly piano music is layered onto the spooky moments, which kills the faux-doc "realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 26, 2010
It's difficult to find an ending for horror movies. Often the getting there is the fun. That's especially true here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 26, 2010
It's not just the hand-held camera that will shake you up. The Last Exorcism gives you good reason to be very afraid of the dark.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 26, 2010
The cast is effective, with everyone sliding believably into their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 25, 2010
The Last Exorcism is one of the scariest movies to come along in a long time -- until the last five minutes or so, when it completely falls apart.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 25, 2010
The more hellish the story gets, the sillier and less involving the movie becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 25, 2010
It's about the dark side of piety -- the cultish wrath that can emerge out of the high and the mighty. At the center of it all, once again, is a teenage girl's gnashing wrath.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 25, 2010
A modestly chilling, drawn out affair in which the characters and possible "scientific explanations" are more interesting than its predictable final destination.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 25, 2010
A smart horror film will fatten its pigs before the slaughter, and the mock doc The Last Exorcism feeds its prize hog nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 24, 2010
With a small, well-chosen cast, sly script, and slippery, ambivalent characters, The Last Exorcism gives a welcome titty-twist to the demonic-possession movie revival.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 23, 2010
Self-possessed performances elevate this creepy but half-cocked faux-doc.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 25, 2010
The Last Exorcism makes first-rate use of religious doubt and religious extremism to concoct a novel horror-thriller clever enough to seduce unbelievers while satisfying the bloodlust of its congregation/fanbase.