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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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  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. 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.
  6. 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).
  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: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11