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The Rite Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 23, 2011
This is a dreary metaphysical drama dressed in the vestments of a religious horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 29, 2011
Oooh. Scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 28, 2011
The Rite goes wrong in every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 28, 2011
Starts glumly before flipping into supernatural camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 28, 2011
Despite an impressive cast (excluding the excruciatingly dull O'Donoghue, a newcomer from Ireland), "The Rite" is the sort of misfire that Hollywood has long buried in January.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
January 28, 2011
A run-of-the-mill chiller that spends an inordinate amount of time flirting with unconventional scare tactics before sacrificing all of its ingenuity to become the latest in a long line of "The Exorcist" clones.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 28, 2011
The Rite is all windup, weak delivery.
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January 27, 2011
There may be redemption in store for some of his characters, but Hafstrom has some serious work ahead of him if he wants any kind of absolution after this wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 27, 2011
Is it the devil's work or a psychiatric disorder? That is the spurious debate that sputters along in this dull, pretentiously verbose movie that (need it be said?) enthusiastically takes the devil's side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 27, 2011
There are some interesting ideas and themes in The Rite; unfortunately, an uneven tone and a disappointingly generic climax dilute them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
January 27, 2011
There's nothing wrong with The Rite that spinning heads and a little pea soup wouldn't cure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 27, 2011
Horror fans may be disappointed by this handsome exorcism drama, which aspires to the serious religious feeling of William Friedkin's The Exorcist but delivers little of its shock or gore.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 27, 2011
Sure, there are clichés (why must possessed characters talk like Darth Vader in a bathtub?), but the film avoids the schlockier pitfalls of outright Exorcist wannabes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 27, 2011
This is an exorcism movie that those who actually saw The Exorcist in theaters can get into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 27, 2011
...it fails most crucially in pulling its strings together in a way that's not nearly as impressive as it's straining to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 27, 2011
Dave Whitehead's sound design fills the production with ominous whooshings that sometimes overwhelm the dialogue, not that the dialogue doesn't deserve it.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 27, 2011
If it's a nonsensical patchwork quilt, it's mostly a watchable one, with supporting performances from Ciarán Hinds and Rutger Hauer (which is a lot of long, gloomy faces for one movie).
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 27, 2011
A horror film that goes nowhere very, very slowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 27, 2011
Perhaps one day, someone will adapt "The Rite" for two actors on stage, minus token effects, and really dig into the dynamics between its two leads. That would be something to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2011
As Hopkins himself goes wild-eyed and FX-ed with popping veins, The Rite gives up on asking us to take it seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 27, 2011
So many skilled scenery chewers in supporting roles, and they still can't make up for the void in the center that is O'Donoghue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 27, 2011
You know what isn't terrifying? Mules. Also not terrifying: mules with red eyes and baleful expressions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 27, 2011
For an hour "The Rite," as scripted by Michael Petroni, delivers the expected, but with panache... The supporting cast is unusually strong...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 27, 2011
I found myself drawn in. It is sincere. It is not exploitative; a certain amount of screaming, frothing and thrashing comes with the territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 26, 2011
Anthony Hopkins classes up The Rite, as you can imagine he would most every situation. But even his otherworldly powers can only make this overly familiar demonic possession thriller engaging for so long.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 26, 2011
The Rite commits the supreme sin of making the devil dull.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 26, 2011
Hafstrom creates a nice, creepy vibe, especially for the first part of the movie, which has a menacing atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 26, 2011
O'Donoghue is so stunningly uncharismatic that he kills whatever possibilities this picture from the director of the silly-scary-smart "1408″ had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 26, 2011
You wait, bored, with demons crawling up your ass, for the good stuff to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
The Rite becomes more ludicrous as it goes along, with more than a few lines of dialogue from Michael Petroni's over-the-top screenplay eliciting unintended titters.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 25, 2011
A largely low-key, intelligent effort.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 25, 2011
Director Mikael Håfström's foot-dragging pace makes a pretense of intent character study, but Michael's spiritual trials are occluded by Michael Petroni's patchy screenplay.