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 26, 1973
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 86% 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.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Friedkin seems to have found his forte.

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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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Dustin Putman

Without a doubt, "The Exorcist" is a touchstone in horror, seemingly incapable of taking a wrong step. Watching with the lights off is strongly encouraged. Turning them back on immediately afterwards will be a necessity.

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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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Exorcist runs out of steam long before reaching its decidedly low-key (and somewhat anticlimactic) finale...

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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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A work of cinema in its own league.

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William Friedkin does an exceptional job inducing fear and graphic supernatural horrors in the 1970s classic. Though some dialogue may be difficult to… More