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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 2, 2014
    70
    For all its embarrassment of riches, “Deliver” never manages to transcend its bloody, screechy, pulpy origins. That makes the film both a horror tale and a tragedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Jul 2, 2014
    67
    It's all clichéd, of course, and has been since "The Exorcist" but it's still effective, perhaps more so with anyone who, like our hero cop, comes from the world of scented smoke and altar boys.
  3. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jul 2, 2014
    58
    For all its darkness, [it] never really scares up anything new.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 2, 2014
    40
    Actually, Ramirez should probably have been cast in the lead, since things flatten out whenever he disappears.
  5. 38
    Deliver Us from Evil takes a very long time to deliver us from dullness.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Anderson
    Jul 1, 2014
    33
    This rote exorcism-is-real claptrap.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 2, 2014
    20
    This is television-level moviemaking top to bottom, from its preposterous premise, scenery-chomping performances, idiotic sound cues and force-fed jump-scares. Deliver Us From Evil delivers formula, and in a formulaic fashion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Sep 6, 2014
    10
    I went to see this movie two days ago and i still think that it was money well spent.
    This movie beside providing jump scares, it has a good
    history.
    I have to admit that thriller and horror combination is one of the best types of combination that the current Hollywood movies should have.
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  2. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    Deliver Us From Evil artistically and successfully commingles two routinely disparate film genres: police crime drama and paranormal horror. Scott Derrickson skillfully and realistically captures the dark ambience common to both in powerful ways (via the depiction of aversive elemental and environmental settings; an absence of light; an absence of sound; an ominous musical score; and initially disbelieving characters driven to self-discovering belief through their exposure to overwhelming events). The film's portrayal of police tactics, dialogue and procedures is spot-on and its descriptive narration on uncommon subject matter such as primary evil, diabolical oppression, and possession is likewise noteworthy. Moreover, the explicit detail provided on the six stages embodying every genuine exorcism could have been given by the Jesuit Exorcist, Malachi Martin, himself. I give this film a 5 Star rating and predict that it will soon join both The Exorcist(1973) and The Exorcism of Emily Rose(2006) as cinema's ultimate expression of the preternatural realm at work in the real world. Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I usually avoid watching horror films because I am someone who's afraid of almost everything but I must confess, I started to like horror films a little more because of this film!

    This film is psychologically horrifying and thrilling. Its art direction is beautiful and its concept is quite interesting. It is also hilarious at times but mostly, frightening thanks to its awesome production crews and casts!

    So, if you really want to watch something scary, you should certainly watch this! Happy to be able to watch a such a good American biopic horror film.
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  4. Nov 12, 2014
    5
    Derrickson's previous horror ventures like ‪‎Sinister‬ and ‪‎The Exorcism of Emily Rose‬ packed in brilliant creepy factors that signed him off as a new age creative ghost director and all such accolades are justified since Derrick has gone pro behind the camera. Unfortunately in this flick what he endeavours to do is uplift a bland tale of devilry, savagery and diabolism and mashes it up with gore, dark and a lot of cop activity. Thanks to ‪Eric Bana‬ who works really hard to make the true story script appear top-notch otherwise there is nothing that makes you skip a beat in the entire movie at all.

    True after watching the likes of scared **** horror flicks like ‪The Conjuring and other mind boggling semi scary movies like ‪Insidious‬ franchise we have inadvertently created a mindset that demands shat-your-pants scary stuff from Hollywood, and anything less than that makes us go meh!

    Deliver Us from Evil however burns down to downright pathetic in terms of the eerie quotient! Keep your hopes extremely low and you might as well place it somewhere amongst the likes of ‪‎The Rite‬ and other such exorcism entailed horror genre flicks that made ample noise but faded away almost abruptly due to jaded content.
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  5. Jul 17, 2014
    4
    One of the most boring horror movie ever! Predictable and uninteresting main plot, blunt characters, this movie doesn't have a single creative detail in it. No reason to see it Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2014
    4
    "Deliver Us From Evil" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The performances can't be blamed for the end result here. Bana tried REALLY
    hard to make this work, Ramirez excelled as a priest with unorthodox methods, and McHale was great as Bana's partner, a knife wielding cop and adrenalin junkie. McHale was particularly notable as he was able to play a serious character while retaining his well known dry humor. Sean Harris, playing the film's creepy main antagonist was probably the best part of the film though as his scenes saved the film from being truly awful. The last 15 minutes or so were intense and well done, making me wonder where this was for the other 1:45.

    The Bad: There is nothing scary about this horror film and the creepy moments are few and far between. While "jumpy" moments have come to be accepted in today's horror films, "Deliver Us From Evil" relies heavily on them and over-uses them. The story itself is cliche and something we have already seen MANY times before, bringing nothing new to the genre. The vast majority of the film is slow and boring with very little happening. Lastly, the film takes a few turns that come across as silly. These turns blur reality and the supernatural in odd ways and felt out of place.
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  7. Jul 4, 2014
    1
    I am trying very hard to say something positive about this movie, but I cannot recommend it because it is more of a car wreck than a mash-up. It is not the fault of the actors, who were quite believable, but the script was awful and the director uninspired. This movie made me believe that exorcisms and serial killers both should be retired from the screen, but perhaps there was just nothing fresh here. Very disappointing. Expand

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