Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Re-released now in a digitally enhanced, sonically improved and slightly longer version, the movie is even better than it was in 1973.
  2. Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker.
  3. Classically scary.
  4. 100
    Isn't just a horror film, but an American classic. Watch again and reflect for days after -- at your own risk.
  5. Here, in paranoid, bad acid trip form, is the real birth of girl power.
  6. That's what directors do when they have nothing new to say: They go back and rewrite the past, if only to avoid facing the future
  7. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    The best thing about the new Exorcist is the spiffed-up soundtrack.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    90
    This edition of the seminal example of genre sensationalism refined by the cream of Hollywood craftsmanship is more complicated than a standard director's cut.
  9. 89
    It's shlock, yes, but at least it's highbrow shlock.
  10. 88
    Was and is a brilliant horror film, one with an archetypal ability to reach and disturb us. If I were showing The Exorcist to a friend, I would show the 1973 version without the slightest hesitation.
  11. 88
    The Exorcist has lost none of its ability to invade your nightmares.
  12. 88
    His (Friedkin) very lack of subtlety is both the strength and weakness of The Exorcist in the 21st century.
  13. Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
  14. The amazing thing about the film, for anyone who hasn't had an intentional Hollywood scare lately, is that it still delivers on the most visceral level
  15. 88
    Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    An upsetting landmark. Don't take the children.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 156 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 52
  2. Negative: 4 out of 52
  1. Oct 5, 2011
    8
    "The Exorcist" is a blood-rushing horror movie that will genuinely scare your ass off with its A grade makeup and a chilling performance by Linda Blair. It will remain as one of the true horror movies throughout the history of films. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2010
    10
    This movie is the scariest of all time! Gave me nightmares as a kid and the Blu Ray 2 disc set doesn't disappoint... The documentary and making of additions are A+. Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2012
    10
    The Exorcist One of the best horror movie's 0f the 70's The Exorcist (1973). The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) . The Omen (1976). Carrie (1976). Halloween (1978) , Full Review »