Exorcist: The Beginning Synopsis
Traces Father Merrin (Skarsgard) back to his first encounter with the Devil in post-WWII Africa.
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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,...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

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

By Wesley Morris
This prequel has something to appall everybody.
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good for horror film fans.

By movie-fan_ colts
by no means did the exorcist need a prequel. The Exorcist is by far the scariest movie ever, and one of the greatest movies ever. but this movie was a good edition to the seris. a very good horror...

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Rated R | For strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language
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