San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
For all the hellfire histrionics and well-timed jump scares, there is actual, admirable intellect behind The Rite.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
As Hopkins himself goes wild-eyed and FX-ed with popping veins, The Rite gives up on asking us to take it seriously.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
A flimsy, occasionally spooky demon tale.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The Rite becomes more ludicrous as it goes along, with more than a few lines of dialogue from Michael Petroni's over-the-top screenplay eliciting unintended titters.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Hopkins gives the production what he was hired for. Whenever you wonder how much longer he can trade on Hannibal Lecter's special zest, the same answer comes up-a lot.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's primary pleasure is Hopkins, who manages to take the role of Father Lucas seriously without being serious about it at all.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's hard to deny that The Rite is guilty of sins against its audience.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Rite commits the supreme sin of making the devil dull.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Terminally silly, even more so for being "inspired by actual events."
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By Ian Buckwalter
Hafstrom, on the other hand, has some serious work ahead of him if he wants any kind of absolution after this wreck.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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