The Exorcism of Emily Rose
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In this blend of psychological thriller and courtroom drama, Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) is a 19-year-old college student who begins displaying bizarre and troubling behavior; as her actions become increasingly destructive and shocking, Emily begins speaking in strange tongues and destroying religious symbols that surround her. Emily's parents believe that their daughter has become possessed of the devil, and the Catholic Church agrees to authorize an exorcism of the young woman. As Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) attempts to drive the demons from Emily's body, the girl dies in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"Very scary stuff. And as a courtroom drama, very effective."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This is a horror movie, for once, which really wants us to use our heads."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
""The film finds a way to justify its existence despite the inevitable comparisons to ["The Exorcist"], in whose shadow it will inevtiably stand...""
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Derrickson's film has been overtaken by bland characters, cheap shocks, kindergarten theology and a pace so plodding that viewers will be left wondering whether it is just Erin's watch that has mysteriously stopped."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The film's challenge to the viewer -- to doubt his or her own doubts about the supernatural -- is commendable."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"There's no green vomit and nobody's head ever rotates a full 360; we stay in the natural world and never enter a movie world, and that makes the movie a lot better."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"As courtroom drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose works effectively; as a scarefest, it misses the mark. But the performances stick with you, particularly that of Linney, who has an elegant steeliness."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It avoids gratuitous gore and the shocks that provide the backbone of most horror films. [Derrickson's] more interested in the spiritual questions at hand."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Now to each their own, but serious-minded Sunday preaching mixed in with the occult, is just not my cup of witch's brew."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"By modern standards the gore is minimal and most of the thrills come from production craftsmanship. It does not make this a classic, but it is a decent and even compelling horror film."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"The performances are topnotch."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A glum and undistinguished drama -- it's certainly nothing so crass as a horror movie, despite the spooky come-on of the marketing."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"...a mildly engaging drama."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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