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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: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The movie, “Deliver Us From Evil” could not have been made at a better time in our lives. It is a personal story of good overcoming evil. It is a story of redemption over sin. It is a story of Christ defeating the devil.
    This world is filled with so much evil it can cause the good to despair. Evil is everywhere. It is in our lives, our governments and even in our churches. One does not have to be actually possessed by the evil one to experience or commit evil. The movie particularly explores how the evil one enters into the lives of our children to harm them. Nonetheless, this movie offers us holy hope not to despair for good will overcome evil in the end. Christ will overcome the devil. This movie delivers to the world a message that the devil does exist. He can possess people.
    This is a movie with action unlike other movies of demonic possession. Ralph Sarchie, a special ops officer, sees evil all around him in his job in the Bronx, New York. He encounters, however, evil unlike he has ever seen in several diabolically possessed people. Sarchie meets a Catholic priest, Fr. Mendoza, in these strange investigations. They eventually join together on a quest to free these people from the demons and in doing so free themselves from evil as well.
    The confession scene of Sarchie and Fr. Mendoza struck me with great sensitivity. Sarchie had to go to confession to combat the demons. It was difficult for Sarchie to do this. He was not a practicing Catholic. To help Sarchie confess, Father Mendoza told him about his own past sins. This helped Sarchie to open up his heart to God and to have the courage to confess. He was not confessing to a man. He was vocally confessing to God his sins and heard through the words of the priest God telling him that his sins were forgiven. On a personal note to hear those words, “Your sins are forgiven” as Catholics always gives us personally a great feeling of happiness when we confess so we know how Sarchie felt.
    Finally in a poignant scene in the movie after Fr. Mendoza exorcized a demon from one of the possessed we watch as the man, Santino, released from the demon shed tears of relief and joy that God through his priest and Sarchie’s help released him from the evil one holding a medal of St. Benedict. We can go on and on. There is so much to write and examine in this movie. It definitely has impacted our lives a bit in this difficult world. Everyone should see it despite the gruesome scenes. There is Hope.
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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. Jul 10, 2014
    5
    So here I am, just getting back from a week long cruise to the Bahamas with one thought in mind: "I really wanna see Transformers again, but in IMAX.". Unfortunately that didn't fly because I'm a firm believer in majority rule and upon the mention of "Deliver Us From Evil", my buddies jumped at the opportunity for something new as opposed to something we already liked. Usually I'm all in for a horror movie, and if you know me you know that I'm a huge horror buff. I love it, no, thrive on it! Games, movies, television... Comics? Maybe. Though regardless of my horror obsession and the weird need to be frightened every once in a while, I'm getting sick of the demonic possession movies. This is especially the case with those that are "Inspired By [insert name or event here]", which is exactly what this film is. Honestly, I'm beginning to think that all of these "Inspired By" stories come from schizophrenics who are paid by film writers to go on about what they 'saw'.

    "Deliver Us From Evil" has a pretty strong start, at least. Kicking things off in Iraq during 2010, we follow a squad of soldiers who find their way into a tomb that is supposedly riddled with a demonic presence. This is great, but then 3 years go by and we're dropped onto the pursuit of these men from our protagonist, Sarchie (Eric Bana) who is working as a cop called in to a domestic violence case. Upon arriving to the scene, things get even more interesting as an action-packed chase goes down that leads to the downfall of this film: an omega slow pace with really bad and predictable jump scares. Like, the majority of this movie is Sarchie slowly walking around an area with weird noises going on, which you know is over when they attempt to drop a scare on you. When Sarchie isn't walking, he's talking in an attempt to build interesting dialogue that gets washed out by hallucination's and the oh so annoying "Did you see that?" or "Did you hear that?".

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for getting a good story and a movie taking it's time to become good, but there's nothing more disappointing than a movie that never quite gets there. "Deliver Us From Evil" tries, but with so many plot-holes covered up by jump scares that were forced on the audience a bit too soon, it feels like nothing more than $10 that could have gone towards something much more deserving. The worst part from my personal experience at least, is the fact that both my friend and brother fell asleep for a few minutes during the movie. The two people who not only voted to see it, but you never take to movies with you because they talk the whole time fell asleep! Yeah, it's 'that' slow.

    Overall, I wouldn't recommend checking this movie out until you can do so without paying for it. Whether you choose to watch an online bootleg, wait for Netflix, or have a friend who's sucker enough to rent/buy it, just save your time and money here. This is especially the case if you've seen at least 2 demonic possession movies this year already, because nothing much changes here besides this film having one of the most interesting exorcism's I've ever seen. If you've got some extra money to sling around and are still a bit curious then by all means, go check this out... But I warned you.

    Rating: 2.5/5 [5/10]
    Version Seen: Digital
    Party Size: 3
    Watch It Again?: No
    Buying BluRay?: No
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  5. Jul 31, 2014
    4
    The term "Inspired by True Events" has been taken a bit extreme lately. Many fellow horror enthusiasts, such as myself, can agree to this. Films like; "The Conjuring", or "The Quiet Ones" use the term "Inspire" which is very loosely based on something that is somewhat accurate. The latest offender of this term; Scott Derrickson and his fright free flick "Deliver Us From Evil".
    “Deliver Us From Evil” is a film that is cringeworthy and can give you a spike on the ole richter scale inside your body. However, It won’t keep you up late at night with nightmares if that is what you're wondering. That being said, at the end of the film’s lengthy two hour run-time, I felt the film dragged on to precariously in a sense to be taken seriously. Rather it settles in to smooth rhythm early on, then sells out for cheap scares that will make little girls scream, but anyone else feeling irritated.

    The film opens with the promise “Inspired by true accounts of NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie” Former altar boy turned, who is prone to a natural radar for danger, and trouble. After a dark night in the Bronx Zoo, Sarchie comes in contact with a possessed IRAQ vet. To which, Sarchie writes off as a lunatic. But once his wife (Olivia Munn) and daughter start hearing voices. This is where Father Mendoza (Ramirez) comes in and tests the boundaries of limitations.

    The cast itself is top notch, featuring the plentiful-and terrifyingly real performance turned in by Eric Bana as the film chronicles his portrayal of NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie and his accounts of paranormal entities and his journey for the truth. Bana owns the movie and walks with pride. In addition the Community alum, and righteous comedian Joel McHale turns in some dramatic roots as Sarchie’s wise-cracking partner Butler. McHale adds some much needed comedic relief when absolutely necessary. Sadly his charismatic charm, and character development goes nowhere. The real show stealer this time belongs to Edgar Ramirez as Mendoza, a priest with a notorious past that haunts him every day, but can channel his fear and anger through God. While Bana’s Sarchie can’t channel his rage (an ode to his earlier Hulk days?) The two perfectly balance off each other and prove a remarkable friendship that marks the films stronger attributes.

    Obviously, with the good comes the ...well you know. With a title that distinctly calls itself “Deliver Us From Evil” I expected a little more. Not to mention our director Scott Derrickson, whose previous films include the taunt and edgy “Sinister” and of course a beloved classic “The Exorcism Of Emily Rose”. Nobody could argue he doesn’t know how to firmly grasp eerie backdrops and make you feel uncomfortable driving home late at night. But, the cheap thrills and gimmicks only make me question his credibility more. I wish that Derrickson took a more character approach (much like “Godzilla” did) and make us care more. Ralph Sarchie has a family on screen in the film, but its very rare when the audience actually see’s them. So to me, I just didn’t feel as emotionally connected. The ending is satisfying (especially for a horror film) Which was something I could appreciate, when most horror films (See “Oculus”) leave us high and dry and chomping at the bit. Derrickson screenplay at least left us with answers (probably because its loosely based on a true story).

    Running close to two hours is a hard struggle..for any movie, let alone a self proclaimed-horror flick. There’s of course the occasional thought “Why is he going in the basement alone?!”, or “don’t go down there idiot!” , the same thoughts that come to mind watching ANY other horror flick. I can’t help but feel that these are the over dramatized sequences the film has to offer. And with a director like Derrickson, (just appointed as director of Marvel’s Doctor Strange) he set a bar for himself that obviously he couldn’t live up to.

    I don’t wanna give the illusion I didn’t have a good time, because I did. There were moments I could feel the goosebumps linger up my body. There was less of that, then I wanted.. but they all can’t be “The Cabin In The Woods”. The film boasts with authentic performances all around the board, to which I was truly impressed. But, the latter is written..If the film had been more character driven, less gory, and more prone to it’s own plot-and shorter, then perhaps I would be writing a different review. Sadly “Deliver Us From Evil” comes exactly as advertised.. and I wish it didn’t.

    C

    By: Nate Adams

    Directed By: Scott Derrickson
    Rated: R
    Runtime: 118 mins
    Studio: Sony (Screen Gems)
    Release Date: July 2nd 2014

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  6. 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
  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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