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The Vatican Tapes (2015)

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Critic Consensus: A loud, rote exorcism thriller that presents nothing new to an already overpopulated subgenre.

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THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It's all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela's soul, but for the world as we know it. (C) Lionsgate

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Cast

Michael Peña
as Father Lozano
Djimon Hounsou
as Vicar Imani
Kathleen Robertson
as Dr. Richards
Alex Sparrow
as Resident Kulik
Cas Anvar
as Dr. Fahti
Peter Andersson
as Cardinal Mattias Bruun
Sam Upton
as Orderly Mason
Michael Halsey
as Dr. Bramwell
Jarvis W. George
as Detective Simmons
Michael Paré
as Detective Harris
Alex Corrado
as Bishop Soldano
Scott Sheldon
as ER Receptionist
Max D. Adams
as ICU Doctor
Ann Reilly
as ICU Nurse #1
Amie Dellavalle
as ICU Nurse #2
Alison Lohman
as Psych Patient
Michael Gabriel
as Psych Ward Guard
Natasha Wright
as Levitating Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Vatican Tapes

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

The film from director Mark Neveldine is so over the top that one can't help but imagine how the Wayans brothers might lampoon it, then embarrassingly recall them doing exactly so in "A Haunted House."

July 24, 2015 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Whose idea of a fun time is this?

July 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Mark Neveldine's first solo directorial effort is a silly, shrieky and eminently watchable exorcism thriller.

July 23, 2015 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

The director Mark Neveldine deploys queasy lighting and a trembling score, but his best choice is to let Ms. Dudley stare at us. She conveys unnerving shifts in self-awareness and sinister intent with her eyes.

July 23, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

It's been a few weeks since the last found-footage demonic-possession chiller, so it must be time for another.

July 23, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's the rote B-movie that Neveldine up to now has tried so hard not to make.

July 23, 2015 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for The Vatican Tapes

½

A little creepy, but not all that scary, The Vatican Tapes is a stereotypical demon possession film. When a young woman becomes possessed a priest gets permission to perform an exorcism, but it's soon revealed that they're not dealing with an ordinary demon. Olivia Dudley and Michael Peña lead the cast and give solid performances. And, the possession is fairly well-done, delivering all the standard fare; body twisting, shaking objects, prayers in Latin, etc. But the plot is paper thin with little character developed, and it gets batshit crazy at the end. For those who enjoy supernatural thrillers The Vatican Tapes will do, but there's nothing original or compelling about it.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

While I understand the reasoning behind demonic possession/exorcism films, it's interesting and easy to promote, but, creatively, none of these exorcism films have ever managed to come close to the best film in that genre. That film, obviously, being The Exorcist. It's been FORTY-TWO years since The Exorcist came and yet no film since then has ever even come remotely close to that. I understand why people keep trying, but the comparisons among film geeks will always be there and it'll always end up favoring The Exorcist, because it's a much better film in every way, shape or form. The only film, that I can honestly say, comes within half of The Exorcist's greatness would be The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I wouldn't call the latter a great film, it's good at best, but it does the best job at portraying a fairly exciting, and terrifying to some, exorcism. With that said, this movie isn't as horrible as one might have expected from reading the reviews. I don't mean to suggest that this is a good film, or even an average one, but it does a better job than one would imagine. I think a lot of that, honestly, has to do with Olivia Dudley's commitment to the role. Olivia isn't exactly a high-profile actress, at the moment, but I think she does a really solid job with what is, essentially, every exorcism film you've ever seen. Honestly, the film's scripting is a little goofy and silly, to the point where it's actually laughable in some scenes. I think that's part of the reason I didn't hate this film as much. I realize that some of this stuff is very real to some people, but the film has such a self-serious tone that it ends up being comical in a lot of scenes. So that makes the film a little more tolerable, honestly. If you think this movie is terrible, which it probably is if broken down, then at least you can get some chuckles out of it. I will say that the climactic exorcism is actually fairly decent, all things considered. I think it does a good enough job. I do think that it gets a little goofy as the exorcism progresses. Like it escalates accordingly, but it all ends up feeling a bit silly by the end. I mean the ending definitely seems to set up a sequel, that I doubt we'll ever get, due to this film not being exactly successful, but I thought the ending was solid and it fit within the context of the story the film was trying to tell. It wasn't out of left field, like the ending to The Last Exorcism, which was horrendous. I wouldn't call this a good film, in the least, it's below average at best, but it surpasses expectations thanks to a committed performance from Olivia Dudley and its self-serious tone leads to some laughs at its expense. I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but you can certainly watch worse films. I realize that that's not a glowing recommendation, but if you've got a free movie rental from Redbox and you've seen every film they have, then you can use it on this and you won't be too pissed off. Slightly below average, but nothing that you ever really need to see.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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