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  • Summary: In this re-release of the horror classic, a 12 year old girl (Blair) becomes possessed by a malevolent spirit, and her only hope is an exorcism. Two priests are summoned to exorcise the demon.
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  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. 100
    Isn't just a horror film, but an American classic. Watch again and reflect for days after -- at your own risk.
  3. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    The best thing about the new Exorcist is the spiffed-up soundtrack.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    An upsetting landmark. Don't take the children.
  5. Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
  6. Reviewed by: Don Druker
    80
    You're scared witless much of the time, even if you conclude afterward that this 1973 movie was really pretty amateurish and simpleminded.
  7. 11 minutes longer than the original, and 11 minutes worse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    10
    A classic horror film. It's without any doubt the best horror film in cinema history. Must see!! Watch it and enjoy it!! Brilliant, brilliantA classic horror film. It's without any doubt the best horror film in cinema history. Must see!! Watch it and enjoy it!! Brilliant, brilliant and brilliant!! Expand
  2. MD
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    Miles ahead of its time and fully deserves the title of 'classic'.
  3. 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 andThis 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+. Expand
  4. May 2, 2011
    9
    One of the most disturbing films I have seen so far in my movie-watching hobbies, Some scenes are incomprehensible if you haven't read theOne of the most disturbing films I have seen so far in my movie-watching hobbies, Some scenes are incomprehensible if you haven't read the book, but apart from that a classic for its time. Expand
  5. Aug 4, 2014
    8
    this movie is scary, but a little dated. It's not the scariest movie ever, but is has a nice plot and great acting by Ellen Burnstyn (Oscarthis movie is scary, but a little dated. It's not the scariest movie ever, but is has a nice plot and great acting by Ellen Burnstyn (Oscar nominee for this) (may be misspelled, sorry), Linda Blair (Oscar nominee) and Jason Miller (also Oscar nominated). Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2011
    8
    One of the few horror films that still make me afraid. Some scenes are bone-chilling! Magnificent performances, excellent special effectsOne of the few horror films that still make me afraid. Some scenes are bone-chilling! Magnificent performances, excellent special effects (even today because nowadays everything is based on the CGI), interesting story, screenplay and a fabulous voice acting superb from the wonderful Mercedes McCambridge as the voice of the devil. What strikes me most in this movie is not the horror of the possession of a child of 12 years but the fear of a mother who desperately tries to find a solution to save her daughter. The performance of Ellen Burstyn is simply heavenly. She got through all the despair of the character. Rare to see a horror movie with a performance like hers. Linda Blair also devastating in her operations. This film, regardless of whether or not original is so good it managed to make the Academy (which clearly leaves no room for horror movies) plunged and made it being indicated along with some number of Oscars. This really is a fact that should be taken into consideration. Expand
  7. Nov 30, 2011
    0
    this is the worst movie i watch.i understand and appreciate this origin and being ahead of ot's time but this lack characterthis is the worst movie i watch.i understand and appreciate this origin and being ahead of ot's time but this lack character development,background,and lame scary scene.bad introduction for modern audience.its more of a comedy... Collapse

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