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  • Summary: In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi confessing that she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter Isabella seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night. She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. When she recruits two young exorcists to cure her mom using unconventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria. Many have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many. (Paramount Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 19
  2. Negative: 12 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Jan 6, 2012
    While this religio-horror effort does contain some nice scares, and a memorably unnerving turn from Crowley, The Devil Inside's biggest shock arrives when it abruptly ends - just as it hits its stride. The result is a found-footage movie whose third act remains missing.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jan 6, 2012
    Despite the palpable air of deja vu that hangs over it like a light fog, The Devil Inside generates a fair amount of suspense during sizable swaths of its familiar but serviceable exorcism-centric scenario.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jan 6, 2012
    Whatever possessed Bell & Co. to turn a slow-burning creepfest into a frenzied freak show of multiple exorcisms (including one in a moving car), the devil only knows.
  4. 30
    It has been a long time since I've heard people - many people - distinctly yell, "Boo!" Usually they just growl or moan or hiss. They don't bother actually to articulate the word "Boo!" I second their statement. The ending reeks.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jan 6, 2012
    It's a pestilence of infectious claptrap.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jan 6, 2012
    The Devil Inside plays like a horror film conceived on graph paper.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jan 6, 2012
    The hilariously convoluted thriller contains all the elements for a wacky parody of exorcism movies, except a sense of humor about itself: The Devil Inside never acknowledges its innate ridiculousness, so the laughs are unintentional.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 59
  2. Negative: 44 out of 59
  1. Jan 6, 2012
    Just Ignore the negative reviews. They are probably the same individuals that give Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 1/2 stars and give this movie a zero. I am a horror fan. I am generally not scared at movies these days. Movies like the typical Halloween slashing genre do nothing for me. My rating of The Devil Inside is based on similar genre of devil or exorcists movies. With the classic The Exorcists being the golden bar of devil movies, I have seen most every other exorcist related movies. I would put this movie (Devil Inside) at number 2 behind "the Exorcist." It is better than the Last Exorcism, much better than are the sequels (Prequels) to the Exorcist, better than Exorcisim of Emily Rose, and most recently The Rite. The movie stars slow and feeds the viewer in morsels until the awesome climax toward the end. The characters are likable with the exception of the camera guy. Good acting performance from all. There were several scenes that made me squirm in my seat. Many disturbing scenes. This is the type of movie where you will be glad to live with someone you trust and not alone. It is one of those movies that will stay with you. My guess is the negative reviews are from some people who are anti-Judeo Christian or anti-Catholicism. There is no way this movie is less than 7/10. I liked the ending as it was unexpected and different. This movie was better than expected and I recommend it be seen in the theatres. Go see it if you like this type of genre. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2012
    If you enjoy Paranormal Activity then you should enjoy this movie. Takes an interesting twist on exorcism movies and plays out as a documentary. Although as other reviews have said it ends abruptly. I give it a solid 7 out of 10. Its hard to find a movie with a satisfying ending anymore keep that in mind. Looking forward to part 2 (because you know there will be one). Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2012
    I didn't go into the theatre expecting much from this movie. Besides the fact that you're hard pressed to find a good horror movie nowadays, I also can tell that the same format of "found footage" and adding info about the Vatican not condoning filming in the church has been done to death ever since the hit of Paranormal Activity - which I find to be great. However, the trailer of 'The Devil Inside' was definitely creepy so I was hoping for an entire movie of scares while setting aside the predicted corniness and thin story line. With this movie, though, if you've seen the trailer then you've seen the only exciting and scary parts in the whole thing. Seriously. Because of its documentary-style format there was a lot of downtime between exorcist scenes and so the viewer hopes for some scares after watching people you don't like doing Jersey Shore style confessionals that are ultimately cheesy and, frankly, hilarious. I'm a huge movie buff in general so I don't mind downtime in movies and I don't have to be entertained the entire time to keep my attention. But 'The Devil Inside' rarely kept my attention as I found myself mouthing the words I had heard over and over in the trailers. Then there's the ending. I understand their reasoning for having it end abruptly because it's an attempt to convince the viewers that they never got to finish the "documentary" because other circumstances got in the way. That being said, it was too abrupt as I was expecting some big finale that they seemed to be working up to that might've saved it a little more. But nothing really came in and saved the movie. Not even the turn of events that happen to the main four characters towards the end could save it. The reason that I gave it a four as opposed to a one or two was because had I not seen the trailers then I would've found it scary. So my advice would be to skip the theatre and wait to rent it when it comes out on DVD. Watch it with someone unfamiliar with the movie and see their reactions - cause thanks to the extended advertising the movie ends up being a waste of time. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2012
    The trailer for this film is very misleading. The Devil Inside is far from a horror film with the 87 minutes playing out more like a strange documentary than anything else. Everything from the acting to the "Blair Witch" style directing makes this movie hard to watch and ultimately a complete bore. Attempting to piggy back off the success of other recent horror flicks, The Devil Inside instead becomes easily forgettable. By the end, you will disappointed. Members of the theater will either remain silent or verbally ask "Is that all?" when the film ends. At least that was my experience. Expand
  5. Jan 7, 2012
    Let's see...all you need to make this movie is a HD camera, a couple of girls who don't mind acting like they are possessed, and a 12 year old or younger script writer. Pretty much like a 500 dollar budget. Everything about this movie was bad. They spent too much time talking about exorcisms, without actually really getting into detail about them. Too boring for most of the movie. Then when stuff happens it's very mediocre. The dialogue is a joke. The ending is so stupid and rushed and leaves you at that point like all the PA movies. AVOID THIS MOVIE!!!! You may like PA and think this will be just as good.....IT'S NOT!!!!!!!! Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2013
    Worst terror film of the history. That's no sense, principally in the final, that's no time history, highlights, and the most important, it's not even a little scary. Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2012
    that movie was by far worst movie, if u can call it that, i have ever seen waste of time, please for the love of horror films do not go see that crap, the ending was so BAD every one in the theater booed at the end, everyone was extremely upset myself include, if your looking to be mad then you should watch this movie if not save your money Expand

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