Deliver Us from Evil
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In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases. (c) Screen Gems
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An impressively staged climactic exorcism compensates in part for the random, far-fetched storytelling that precedes it."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Director Scott Derrickson demonstrates a knack for atmosphere but little sense of pacing; some sequences are effectively spooky (particularly one set at the Bronx Zoo), though just as many feel uninspired."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"A competently handled but overly derivative spinetingler supposedly inspired by true events."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A rote police procedural conducted by a cardboard movie cop investigating a supposedly demonic evil that simply cannot compete with nonsupernatural reality."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Sinister, solemn and so familiar you could write the Latin curses in your sleep. Contains a truly hellish amount of The Doors."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"If you didn't know that Jerry Bruckheimer produced this movie, the boot prints on your eardrums would've clued you in."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"It's time for Derrickson, who also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to master a new ritual."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"My faith, tested by use of the Doors as a Satanic conduit, vanished for ever the instant a possessed piano bashed out Pop Goes the Weasel."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"The strong religious overtones are to be expected, but the way religion is depicted purely as a force for good comes across as distractingly preachy; it's a message delivered with all the nuance and balance of Fox News."
‑ Katherine McLaughlin, The List
"Sean Harris' horrific demon-soldier and a climactic gorecaked exorcism scene that cranks up the crazy to 11 are the only bright spots in this rainy, preachy, miscast terror tale."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, Paul Harris Boardman, deliver a routine procedural with unremarkable frights."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A surprisingly strong cast and solid direction make all the malarkey in this horror flick tolerable."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"With its Stygian production design and Bovril-on-the-lens aesthetic, the film works so hard to make an ordinary Bronx day feel like hell, you'll wonder what's left for the afterlife."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"You'll be jolted a couple of times, but these aren't scares that will stay with you. How about retiring "based on a true story" in favour of "based on a good story"?"
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"This is a familiar, no frills exorcism film that doesn't offer much in the way of scares or surprises."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
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