75

Movieline

By S.T. Vanairsdale
To Stewart and screenwriter Cory Goodman's credit, the whole set up takes about 10 minutes flat, leaving Priest's remaining 77 minutes to the dark, desolate action at hand. Even more to their credit, there's something evocative in that darkness, something poetic in its desolation.
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

In an era where monster mythology has become raw material for all sorts of mediocrity, Priest is one of the best examples of a broad-scale vampire blockbuster.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
It appears that turning the John Ford/John Wayne classic "The Searchers" into the church-vs-vampire adventure Priest was not an altogether god-awful idea. As long as we don't get "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as an elegiac zombie drama, this adaptation of a graphic novel has some bite.
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50

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Priest is based on a series of Korean graphic novels. What it's really based on, though, is other movies - a whole lot of other movies.
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50

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
This is mildly entertaining for its cheery sacrilege (crucifixes that turn into throwing stars, etc), but once the premise has been rolled out, the movie is about as surprising to watch as the Stations of the Cross.
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50

Variety

By Leslie Felperin
Not exactly an unholy mess, but still a rather too pious retread of classic sci-fi/action/horror riffs that lacks originality or pizzazz.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

Its B-movie sins are many, worst among them an icy hero and a plot that feels like it was built from relics of other, better films.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Bettany exudes an intensity that lays the groundwork for an interesting character, but Priest hasn't a prayer of creating anything more subtle than the giant cross tattooed on his face.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
A short, dour and stodgy creature feature with average 3D effects that draws on so many film influences from westerns, action adventures and sci-fi tales that what fun there is comes from spotting the many sources.
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38

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
A mad mash-up of sci-fi, Western, sacrilegious silliness and vampire movie. What lifts it to "I've seen worse" status is the previous teaming of star and director Scott Stewart, who last gave us the archangel fighting off other angels fiasco "Legion."
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41 out of 100
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