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  • Summary: In the place where Evil was born, Father Merrin will finally see its true face. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 11 out of 22
  1. Here's a popcorn movie with soul, welcoming the masses to consider how much can change in popular culture over 30 years, as the horrific becomes the familiar.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    50
    A perfectly mediocre horror film. There is some hoot-inducing dialogue and cheesy effects, but the film's workmanlike narrative marches gamely forward, managing a handful of respectable scares along the way.
  3. Nothing fails like bad horror. But it's not despicable. It is merely boring.
  4. The devil is back in Exorcist: The Beginning, and he is more disgusting than ever. Not more scary, just really yucky, in a kind of maggots-on-a-pizza-slice way.
  5. The scariest thing about this film is how desperate the makers are to earn a scream.
  6. The risible dialogue, the bulging eyeballs, the heaving bosoms, the digitally rendered hyenas and squirming maggots, the movie fails to achieve the status of the instant camp classic. That's partly because the vibe of the film is too torpid.
  7. 11
    Sloppy, confusing, and dull as a dented crucifix.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. Aug 19, 2011
    0
    I watched this today with my boyfriend and during the movie I predicted what would happen, and I was right every time. It was just too predictable and like other movies. Don't really see exactly how this is the beginning, and the movie stunk too much to watch it again to understand. :/ Plus, the DVD features were extra boring. Expand

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