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The Rite Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
It's one of those films that pretends to take ideas about faith seriously, until it's time for the CGI money shots to kick in.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 2, 2013
Though thoroughly predictable, this film is not to be taken too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2013
Poor character development, a thin plot and predictability make this one a forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A geniunely creepy film that takes faith and its subject matter seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
This is a movie about priests fighting the evil Baal demon. That's not a spiritual journey "suggested by true events." That's a Tenacious D song.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
Although Hopkins shines when his evil-infused priest exhibits low-level nastiness, his climactic exorcism scenes don't ring true and aren't very frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 27, 2012
[Hopkins] stumbles through his entire acting range - from lazy, stilted line delivery to balls-out mentalist improvisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
Dull and overlong at times, but also scary when it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Hopkins' character approaches his job like a weary pest-control specialist worn down by years and years of driving off a persistent cockroach that just keeps crawling back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Luxford
The National (UAE)
September 1, 2011
Playing like a chilling short story, an intriguing central relationship between the leads makes up for what it lacks in pace or impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
August 16, 2011
Packed with a few good old fashioned jolts, "The Rite" is an atmospheric film that is kept on track by the performance of Anthony Hopkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
It takes half-an-hour to bring Hopkins into the fold, and it's only then that the film begins to get anywhere near interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 7, 2011
doesn't completely suck
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 6, 2011
A lousy genre picture...
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 5, 2011
Parades about with a self-seriousness at odds with a second-half dominated by veiny-faced, limb-contorting special effects and screaming, screaming, screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 19, 2011
As the god-doubting theologian sent to Rome to learn exorcism as a way to conjure up his missing faith, a less charismatic figure couldn't be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 17, 2011
Turning what should be a meditation on faith into a demon-possession flick probably seemed like a safe box office bet, but it also robbed The Rite of the opportunity to rise above what we usually get in movies about exorcisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 15, 2011
Predictable and exaggerated, with some minor saving graces
Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 13, 2011
Since this movie was so exhausting, I took an extra amount of joy in the brief jolts of electricity I saw -- namely the random violence and weird jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 6, 2011
You'll find no swiveling heads or green vomit here, although there are a few scenes that stretch credibility by going in that direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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