The Exorcist
The Exorcist (1973)

Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Exorcist, with its excellent cast, mounting intensity, and ingeniously constructed surprises, is still a commanding achievement.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

When I first saw The Exorcist, I saw only the literal side of the story. But as I watched it again, I began to view the movie as a dark fairy tale about a parent whose child is experiencing a painful trauma.

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Robert Wilonsky
New Times

[Friedkin] knew he wasn't making art; he was concocting gross-out pop -- a movie so "scary" it borders on being silly.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Von Sydow, Blair and Mercedes McCambridge (the originally uncredited actress who dubbed Regan's gross mutterings) are flat-out terrific.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Less a cleverly spun story than a disjointed collection of shockeroos, surrounding a few ghoulishly effective moments with overcooked plot twists and in-your-face vulgarity.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The Exorcist, like most memorable Hollywood movies, gains its power from the way it mixes opposites: new-style realism and sexual radicalism, old-style horror and religion.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

Aall The Exorcist does is take its audience for a ride, spewing it out the other end, shaken up but none the wiser.

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Enrique Fernandez
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

William Friedkin's adaptation of William Peter Blatty's novel, with a screenplay by the author, is a dead-serious meditation on the struggle between good and evil.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
An exceptional film with superb acting, writing, directing, and cinematography. With no missteps and with a realistic approach to a supernatural premise, The… More
Eugene Bernabe
William Friedkin does an exceptional job inducing fear and graphic supernatural horrors in the 1970s classic. Though some dialogue may be difficult to… More
Mister Caple
Before the impact that was "Jaws". Before the sensation that was "Star Wars". Before "Rocky", "Close Encounters of the Third… More
Tyler Robertson
Here it is, the movie that every horror movie today seems to be ripping off. The Exorcist is the classic movie about a little girl possessed by the Devil. The… More
Daniel Mumby
When something is billed as being the scariest film of all time, it's already setting itself up for a fall. Being scared is an entirely subjective… More
Eric Shankle
I'm very impressed with this film. First off, for being made in 1973 the special effects still hold up well today. Second, it's damn scary. The… More