• Released
  • August 31, 2012
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 31 min
  • Horror
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 2,225 Fan Ratings
88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Like "The Exorcist," the best film in the genre, it is inspired by some degree of religious scholarship and creates believable characters in a real world. That religions take demonic possessions seriously makes them more fun for us, the unpossessed.
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70

Movieline

By Alison Willmore
This variation on the demon child subgenre has enough of the familiar and the new to be a decently good time at the movies.
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63

Washington Post

Anyone who actually believes in dybbuks and other ghoulies will find The Possession terrifying. For the rest of us, the movie is a cleverly constructed, well-paced piece of hokum.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Oh my God, evil. What's with you? Ever since "The Exorcist," it's been the same song-and-crab-dance: Demons don't kill, divorce does.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
The Possession has none of the suspense that made Bornedal's morgue thriller "Deathwatch" such shuddering good fun. And despite the absurdly overwrought Bernard Herrmann-esque score, it has very few genuine shocks.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Representing a sort of equal opportunity religious variation on an all-too-familiar theme, The Possession is a Jewish-themed "Exorcist" that, if nothing else, should discourage the practice of buying antique wooden boxes at flea markets.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the sound design and spooky minimalist music add suspense, and CGI effects are duly sinister, a climactic strobe effect is more annoying than frightening.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Unremarkable and none-too-scary horror movie.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Slick direction and a strong central turn from Jeffrey Dean Morgan will keep you watching, if rarely from the edge of your seat.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Bornedal invests so much time in the characters - Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play the split parents of the girls - that there are times you will forget this is a horror movie. It's Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Lucifer.
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45 out of 100
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