The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Loosely based on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose mixes compelling courtroom drama with generally gore-free scares in a ho-hum take on demonic cinema.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Very scary stuff. And as a courtroom drama, very effective.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

This is a horror movie, for once, which really wants us to use our heads.

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Steve Biodrowski

"The film finds a way to justify its existence despite the inevitable comparisons to ["The Exorcist"], in whose shadow it will inevtiably stand..."

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

The performances are topnotch.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie.

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Rob Gonsalves

A glum and undistinguished drama -- it's certainly nothing so crass as a horror movie, despite the spooky come-on of the marketing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Wilkinson and Linney's dynamic performances are the reason to see this melodramatic if typical exorcism piece, he as the anxious priest attempting to fit… More
Sajin P A
People keep comparing this movie to 'The Exorcist', and judge that this one aint spooky enough. But this is not meant to be a spooky horror flick, in… More
Eric Alvarez
Don't really remember seeing this, that might say alot about the quality of the film. I do remember that the possessed scenes weren't that cheesy, so… More
Martin Sahlin
It was a little better than I thought. It was nice that it was a court movie and a horror movie in one. A little different. Not just brainless horror. It's… More
Mike S
Second best exorcism flick ever made! In the first place, of course, you'll find the 1973 cult phenomenon <i>The Exorcist</i>. What may be… More
Tim Salmons
People are calling this a horror film. I disagree. There are horror elements to it but it dominantly a courtroom drama...and an excellent one at that. There… More