Exorcist: The Beginning
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

The first prequel in the series, Exorcist: The Beginning is based upon events featured as flashbacks in 1977's Exorcist II: The Heretic. Playing the character made famous by Max von Sydow in the earlier films, this entry finds Stellan… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A mediocre, gory horror film, nowhere near the quality of the 1973 original.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The serious Catholic themes that made the original film genuinely disturbing have been flattened out into a cartoonish backstory pitting Merrin against Nazi storm troopers.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

As shocking as an Dokken album cover and, finally, as pious as The Passion of the Christ.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Unlike the first film, in which audience members fainted and threw up, the showdown between good and evil prompted more laughter amongst the audience than terror.

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Time Out

Reams of tedious exposition finally give way to a random jumble of horror movie clichés, rising to a shrill pitch of hysteria that is never remotely frightening.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Never feels like anything other than generic, brain-dead, Dolby-jolt, multiplex hackwork -- I kept expecting Skarsgard's habitually catacomb-prowling Merrin to bump flashlights with Lara Croft.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An utter violation of anything that ever made The Exorcist memorable... just gaudy effects and things jumping out to say "boo!"

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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly

Blood, flies, maggots, ravenous hyenas, power failures, grave-digging and much ineffectual voodoo ensue.

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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

It rates fairly high on both the Scare-O-Meter and Gross-Out Scale, with an early hyena attack guaranteed to have you flinching in terror.

Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media

Brutal. Not for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Considering that The Exorcist is one of the greatest horror films that has ever been made, Exorcist-The Beginning is a total disappointment. What surprises me… More
EightThirty .
08/08/2010 (TELEVISION) No scares here but there's a story here I was able to follow. It's actually the first time I have watched the whole thing… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Oh my goodness! This was like Indiana Jones and the Pazuzu demon! Lots of horror and action sequences, a 1940's desert, Nazis, an underground temple, CGI… More
xGary Xx
Exorcist - The Beginning is not a promising proposition. The dreadful title aside, making prequels to accepted classics is NEVER a good idea although I'd… More
Sergio Garcia
From the newest movies I liked this one a lot. Not too many people but I enjoyed. The story of Karras was something that worthed the movie.
Edward Boxler
(Review coming soon)