75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie, which presents a chilling case history that's hard to explain away.
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75

Premiere

By Peter Debruge
Plays like a modern-day inversion of "Inherit the Wind," highlighting an astonishing shift in the American legal system over the last 80 years.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Fans expecting horror won't want a thought-provoking, well-acted courtroom drama about the intersection of religious belief and the law.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Somehow the movie really never takes off into the riveting fascination we expect in the opening scenes. Maybe it cannot; maybe it is too faithful to the issues it raises to exploit them.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Part "Law & Order," part "The Omen," the movie doesn't trust the audience to follow serious theological and legal discussion without a spook hook.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Fashioning a hybrid of a courtroom drama and a horror film that is suspenseful and scary requires a clear vision and directorial finesse. Rose lacks both. But the performances are topnotch.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Derrickson's characters are reduced to ciphers in a theological debate. Long wedges of the film are simply a discussion about the relative merits of science and superstition. Carpenter, as the sick girl, puts in the best performance.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The dullest exorcist movie ever made.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Oh, how good actors can trap themselves in drivel.
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The fun of these movies is that Linney often seems too refined for such greasy junk, but there she is anyway, hamming it down as it were.
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46 out of 100
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