Exorcist II: The Heretic
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Four years after her bout of demonic possession, Regan MacNeil seems at peace as she enjoys a privileged but lonely adolescence. Her actress mother, absent on-location, leaves her in the care of her childhood nanny, Sharon, who feels… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hokey mystical effects, lousy plotting, and worse acting directly tarnishes the first's chilling legacy.

David Keyes

A strange and off-putting experience, filled with endless miscalculations in nearly every detail it attempts to build up, including performances by actors who ought to have known better.

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Fernando F. Croce

A glittering riposte to the original's earthbound viciousness

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Very enjoyable in retrospect, and a big improvement on its source material.

Jason Bailey

118 minutes of endless flashy-light hypnotism, staggeringly terrible locust effects, and Richard Burton wandering around what appears to be Tatooine.

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Brian Holcomb

It may be that the best way to watch The Heretic is to shut off the soundtrack and play a CD of Goblin's Suspiria score as accompaniment.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One fascinating disaster--an anti-Exorcist sequel from a filmmaker openly contemptuous of the original.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

In a film that is by no means light on candidates for Worst Single Element, Richard Burton is pretty clearly the very bottom.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Director John Boorman accomplishes dazzling things with his eerie, reflective sets and powerhouse cast including Richard Burton and Louise Fletcher.

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Fred Topel

Not as bad as I was led to believe. Some interesting ideas about the aftermath. But alas, still not a compelling story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 13% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Can any priest actually be solid and resolute in their faith or must there always been an internal turmoil over God? The first signpost of malaise and… More
Drew Smith
Quite like Incubus, The Exorcist II is a huge disaster that falls quite short of any humorous camp value, but quite unlike it, it still holds its own morbid… More
Chris Garman
What's wrong with this movie? (spoilers to follow) 1) Nurse Ratched's fantastic new psychiatric device are two strobe lights. 2) Linda Blair fondles… More
Ken Stachnik
Either fail big or go home. The Exorcist 2 is a massive FAIL on almost every level. While there are some impressive visuals, they are buried under so much… More
Alex roy
Awful follow-up to The Exorcist. The film lacks anything that would make this a worthwhile follow-up to one of the greatest classics in horror history. However… More
Edward Boxler
(Review coming soon)