The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    Somehow the movie really never takes off into the riveting fascination we expect in the opening scenes. Maybe it cannot; maybe it is too faithful to the issues it raises to exploit them.
  2. 63
    Take away the performances, and all that would be left is a cheapish B-grade motion picture.
  3. Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie, which presents a chilling case history that's hard to explain away.
  4. Part "Law & Order," part "The Omen," the movie doesn't trust the audience to follow serious theological and legal discussion without a spook hook.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Fashioning a hybrid of a courtroom drama and a horror film that is suspenseful and scary requires a clear vision and directorial finesse. Rose lacks both. But the performances are topnotch.
  6. Fans expecting horror won't want a thought-provoking, well-acted courtroom drama about the intersection of religious belief and the law.
  7. With a cast like this, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a superior performance vehicle and on that count alone is never less than riveting.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    75
    Plays like a modern-day inversion of "Inherit the Wind," highlighting an astonishing shift in the American legal system over the last 80 years.
  9. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Some genuine shocks punctuate The Exorcism of Emily Rose, an unusually intelligent genre item that manages to mix full-bore horror with courtroom drama.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 55
  2. Negative: 10 out of 55
  1. ChristopherW.
    Jan 16, 2007
    4
    As much as I had hoped this story would captivate me, I simply never found the film adequately engaging. Most of the plot is conveyed through As much as I had hoped this story would captivate me, I simply never found the film adequately engaging. Most of the plot is conveyed through flashbacks that are distressingly deviant in tone and purpose from the present day scenes set in a courtroom. If the audience is meant to question the forces of evil that may exist in the world or is asked to feel sympathy and compassion for Emily's fate, we are never given a real sense of why any of this really matters. I fully dismiss all supernatural explanations, but I am still intrigued by the notion that there are people who don't. Emily Rose ultimately fails to meaningfully connect to its audience because the screenplay is never quite sure what it wants to do. Is it fright film? Is it allegory? Is it a tale of mental illness? Is it a tale of demonic possession? Is it a courtroom battle between reason and faith? Maybe the film is all of these things. Unfortunately all of these ambiguous angles eventually steal each other's thunder. The film is too cluttered with ideas, but the performances are no less than adequate. In any case, Emily Rose is a mixed bag. Proceed with caution! Full Review »
  2. DonP.
    Sep 12, 2005
    8
    This film was far better than the reviews made it out to be - I agree with the Chronicle's review "a thinking man's horror film". This film was far better than the reviews made it out to be - I agree with the Chronicle's review "a thinking man's horror film". I'm a huge Laura Linney fan and thought she was fabulous. I was sucked in, and much more scared and shook up than I am by stupid grotesque slasher movies. This film avoids cheap exploitations to try to convey what actually happened, and I find that to be more unsettling. Go see it. It's interesting that the users' ratings are so much higher than the critics'. Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2016
    9
    This is a truly scary and disturbing film with a nice Law & Order feel to it. Jennifer Carpenter is fantastic in the film, and this movie madeThis is a truly scary and disturbing film with a nice Law & Order feel to it. Jennifer Carpenter is fantastic in the film, and this movie made me sleep with a light on. The Director Scott Derikson knows his horror, and I wanna see more from him in the future Full Review »