The Exorcism of Emily Rose
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In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19-year-old college freshman. A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed the exorcism that resulted in the girl's death.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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,
"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
"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
"The performances are topnotch."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
""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
"A classy 'boo!' movie for those who like their horror polite."
‑ Paul Arendt,
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