50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie goes too far on too little motivation - and the middle section, with its maggoty villains, roiling skies and native revolts, seems almost barmy. Yet Exorcist: Beginning does score a small victory. It's not as bad as you'd think.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

While the fourth "Exorcist" movie may have unmitigated disaster written all over it, the finished product is somehow sort-of-kind-of not all that bad.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Nothing fails like bad horror. But it's not despicable. It is merely boring.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The new movie is a dusty piñata stuffed with omens and not much more.
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38

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Congratulations, Renny Harlin. You've successfully exorcised all the horror out of The Exorcist.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The devil is back in Exorcist: The Beginning, and he is more disgusting than ever. Not more scary, just really yucky, in a kind of maggots-on-a-pizza-slice way.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The scariest thing about this film is how desperate the makers are to earn a scream.
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25

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
It’s terrible enough to torture the damned.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The acting is serviceable at best, the direction unfocused - and the special effects and makeup cheesy-looking. This is surely the most dreary-looking film ever shot by the great Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now").
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12

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This prequel has something to appall everybody.
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30 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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