The Rite
The Rite (2011)

"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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anthony Hopkins is as excellent as ever, but he's no match for The Rite's dawdling pace and lack of chills -- or Colin O'Donoghue's tentative performance in the leading role.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

This is a dreary metaphysical drama dressed in the vestments of a religious horror movie.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Starts glumly before flipping into supernatural camp.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

The Rite is theological and supernatural horror because it is faith seeking understanding in terrifying and inexplicable circumstances. It is deeply Catholic in its sensibilities, though I think all believers will find it interesting.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Oooh. Scary.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

It's one of those films that pretends to take ideas about faith seriously, until it's time for the CGI money shots to kick in.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The Rite goes wrong in every way.

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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post

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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Though thoroughly predictable, this film is not to be taken too seriously.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
This average horror movie begins quite promising, avoiding cheap exploitation and holding our attention with a scary premise, but later on it sadly sinks into… More
familiar stranger
The Rite fails to get it right for most of its part. Anthony Hopkins may have been the right choice for Father Lucas' character but Father Lucas character… More
Bruce Bruce
Once again Anthony Hopkins plays that cranked out dude this time as a priest. Based on true facts. excellent movie 5 stars
Dean King
Ah The Rite.......that seemed to get a few things wrong! It starts a little bit slow, and not particularly interesting. At first it seems to be something that… More
paul sandberg
People, and Americans in particular, seem to have this odd fascination with the Old Testament of the Bible, and in particular Demons and their eviction; i.e.,… More
Unknown Hobo
A movie we have all seen a thousand times before, directing its focus to a young man torn between faith and athiesm. Hopkins was brilliant as always, playing a… More