The Exorcist (1973) Synopsis
THE EXORCIST, 1973, Warner Bros., 121 min. Director William Friedkin adapted William Peter Blatty’s bone-chilling best-seller into the classic American horror film, in which Catholic priests Jason Miller and Max von Sydow go head to head with the...

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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Re-released now in a digitally enhanced, sonically improved and slightly longer version, the movie is even better than it was in 1973.
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100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Classically scary.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Here, in paranoid, bad acid trip form, is the real birth of girl power.
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89

Mr. Showbiz

By Larry Terenzi
It's shlock, yes, but at least it's highbrow shlock.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
An upsetting landmark. Don't take the children.
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88

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's something elemental about The Exorcist, even with the new hopeful ending that betrays the bleak original.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.
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The Exorcist: The Most Scariest Thriller of All Time.

By Secret_007
The Exorcist (1973) is still the most scariest movie of all times. NOT FOR CHILDREN TO SEE! NOR THE FAINT OF HEART! I have seen this on cable as a teenager and as an adult on DVD. And now...

Still Scary!!!!

By SALLYLOMBRANA8301
After all these years and seeing this movie like a million times, seeing it on the big screen made a big difference, noticed things I never noticed before and heard things I had never heard before. ...

NO WAY!!!!

By ShakingSpine
I saw it and 1: Not Scary at all 2: REALLY REALLY bad content and language. If you are religous never see this movie because it has alot i mean ALOT of religous abuse....

The Exorcist (1973) review

By Therumrunner5
Cable...

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This movie STILL gives me the creeps

By BossLady_F75
This movie is what got me started as a horror movie fan....

the Exorcist (1973)

By jimmyjimmyboy05
Horrible acting, effects and screenplay! One of the worst movies I've ever seen...

Amazing experience! Glad I was able to watch this in a movie theater.. Finally!

By gbh1801
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Still great!

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Trendsetting shocker about a possessed child.
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