The Exorcist: Believer

critic Reviews

, 22% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • The Exorcist: Believer earns points for trying to take the franchise back to its terrifying roots, but a lack of new ideas -- and scares -- make this an inauspicious start to a planned new trilogy.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    There are moments in this borderline incoherent mess of a movie in which fans may be convinced that its sole purpose is to try making the original follow-up, 1977’s legendarily godawful Exorcist II: The Heretic, look positively genius by comparison.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    They need to stop making Exorcist movies. We don't need any more!
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    Perri NemiroffCollider Video
    A rock solid first half -- character-driven, strong build of dread, and successful at conveying the sheer terror of watching a loved one, especially a child, slip away & feeling helpless in the fight to get them back. But then it becomes a forced sequel.
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    Philip De SemlyenTime Out
    It never gets close to recreating the miasmic chill of William Friedkin’s 1973 classic, or generating any fresh frights of its own.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    ... To tackle a prestige project that’s steeped in Christian iconography and biblical allusions by simply defanging it with kindness is beyond pointless.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    It requires a rare ineptitude to take what is famously one of the most terrifying movies ever made, recycle pretty much everything (including Tubular Bells on the score) but neglect to include the scares.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    A sizable measure of cinematic sacrilege is on display in this needless sequel.
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    Aglaia BerluttiPopConCine
    Despite the efforts of the director - responsible for the failed new 'Halloween' trilogy - the film meets the minimum requirements to be of interest. [Full Review in Spanish]

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    David Michael BrownFlicks (AU, NZ, UK)
    Sacrilegious to the original and apparently the first of a proposed trilogy, it will be hard to keep faith beyond this lacklustre entry.
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    Griffin SchillerFilmSpeak (Youtube)
    The Exorcist: Believer asks us not to put our faith in any specific dogma but rather in people, in love, and in the fact that your neighbor is experiencing pain, and no matter what you believe, THAT is real.
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