Exorcist - The Beginning
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Planned for years, but plagued by problems such as the death of director John Frankenheimer before production had even begun and the exiting of star Liam Neeson, the fourth installment of the Exorcist saga finally got off the ground with Paul Schrader (Affliction, Auto Focus) behind the camera and Stellan Skarsgård filling the shoes left empty by Neeson. But the pitfalls didn't stop there, as Morgan Creek decided against their initial approach assigned to Schrader after seeing his finished cut, and hired Renny Harlin to reshoot the film with extra gore and head-spinning nastiness. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The serious Catholic themes that made the original film genuinely disturbing have been flattened out into a cartoonish backstory pitting Merrin against Nazi storm troopers."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As shocking as an Dokken album cover and, finally, as pious as The Passion of the Christ."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"An utter violation of anything that ever made The Exorcist memorable... just gaudy effects and things jumping out to say "boo!""
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"More than 30 years after the original hit screens, along comes the very best of the sequels."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Flawed, but still good."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"Reams of tedious exposition finally give way to a random jumble of horror movie clichés, rising to a shrill pitch of hysteria that is never remotely frightening."
‑ , Time Out
"Never feels like anything other than generic, brain-dead, Dolby-jolt, multiplex hackwork -- I kept expecting Skarsgard's habitually catacomb-prowling Merrin to bump flashlights with Lara Croft."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Brutal. Not for kids."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"Most of the movie feels nothing like an Exorcist film."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Some things are better left mysterious, and some movies better left unmade."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Blood, flies, maggots, ravenous hyenas, power failures, grave-digging and much ineffectual voodoo ensue."
‑ Ron Stringer, L.A. Weekly
"It rates fairly high on both the Scare-O-Meter and Gross-Out Scale, with an early hyena attack guaranteed to have you flinching in terror."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Contrived, cliché, murky, muddled, and an utterly gory mess..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is not horror. It's sadism."
‑ David Germain, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It isn't quite hell, but clambering to the end of this dusty remnant of an idea is certainly purgatory."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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