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  • Summary: For centuries, a secret Order has existed within the Church. Following a series of unexplained murders, a renegade priest (Ledger) begins an investigation that hurls him into a maelstrom of unimaginable evil and, ultimately, murder and the knowledge that there is a fate worse than death. (Fox)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 13 out of 17
  1. 50
    It's "The Exorcist" warmed over.
  2. 40
    Ledger swirls his cassock glamorously, while Weller is clearly concealing cloven hoofs beneath his; Addy plays the fool and the one-note Sossamon is thoroughly annoying, as fey as Meg Tilly but without Tilly's redeeming faraway air.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    With its ho-hum hero and lackluster love story, The Order would likely be one big implausible bore if it wasn't for production designer Miljen Kreka Kljakovic.
  4. Certainly a dark spirit is hovering over this inane production. Something has sucked the life out of it.
  5. A murky ecclesiastical horror film, may be the nadir of the subgenre that produced "The Exorcist" (at its high end) and "Stigmata" (at its middle-to-low end).
  6. It's no wonder that the film's strongest sequence, visually and dramatically, involves none of these characters. It's a flashback to the construction of St. Peter's that explains the origins of Eden's centuries-long reign on his dark throne.
  7. The picture is so lethargic that I began to think of watching it as a form of atonement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11