Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 13 out of 17

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  1. 50
    It's "The Exorcist" warmed over.
  2. 50
    Schlock that could and should have been better.
  3. 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.
  4. 40
    All the fine cinematography -- lots of beating wings and impossibly large dust motes floating through slanting beams of sunlight -- can't hide the sad fact that the second half of the film delivers none of the shocks and starts required of atmospheric horror.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Commits the first cardinal sin of cinematic horror -- it's boring and doesn't have a single scary moment.
  7. Cast adrift with vague, improbable characters and a plot that's at once under-and overcooked, the actors struggle to find a steady tone, lurching from somber to silly as the director tries to figure out what he's doing.
  8. 30
    The pseudo-mystical nonsense in Brian Helgeland's supernatural thriller far outweighs its scare factor.
  9. Certainly a dark spirit is hovering over this inane production. Something has sucked the life out of it.
  10. The screenplay is packed with so many hilariously bad lines (it's hard to believe that writer-director Helgeland won an Oscar for co-writing "L.A. Confidential") that the movie would be perfect material for a resurrected version of the TV spoof "Mystery Science Theater."
  11. 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).
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ng
    This ghost-in-the-Vatican thriller regurgitates enough occult clichés to deserve its own special circle of hell.
  14. 10
    A supernatural religious thriller so awful it should result in the retroactive forfeiture of the Oscar writer, director, and producer Brian Helgeland won for co-writing "L.A. Confidential."
  15. The picture is so lethargic that I began to think of watching it as a form of atonement.

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