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"The battle against the Devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still being fought today, because the Devil is still alive and active in the world." -Pope John Paul II "The Rite" is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Wearing his deep skepticism like… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a dreary metaphysical drama dressed in the vestments of a religious horror movie."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Starts glumly before flipping into supernatural camp."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Though thoroughly predictable, this film is not to be taken too seriously."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"This is a movie about priests fighting the evil Baal demon. That's not a spiritual journey "suggested by true events." That's a Tenacious D song."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Dull and overlong at times, but also scary when it needs to be."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Oooh. Scary."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Despite an impressive cast (excluding the excruciatingly dull O'Donoghue, a newcomer from Ireland), "The Rite" is the sort of misfire that Hollywood has long buried in January."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Poor character development, a thin plot and predictability make this one a forgettable film."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Although Hopkins shines when his evil-infused priest exhibits low-level nastiness, his climactic exorcism scenes don't ring true and aren't very frightening."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Hopkins' character approaches his job like a weary pest-control specialist worn down by years and years of driving off a persistent cockroach that just keeps crawling back."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"The Rite goes wrong in every way."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A run-of-the-mill chiller that spends an inordinate amount of time flirting with unconventional scare tactics before sacrificing all of its ingenuity to become the latest in a long line of "The Exorcist" clones."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"A geniunely creepy film that takes faith and its subject matter seriously."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"[Hopkins] stumbles through his entire acting range - from lazy, stilted line delivery to balls-out mentalist improvisation."
‑ Matt Looker,
"Playing like a chilling short story, an intriguing central relationship between the leads makes up for what it lacks in pace or impact."
‑ James Luxford, The National
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