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  • Summary: Based on a true story, The Possession is the story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 29, 2012
    Like "The Exorcist," the best film in the genre, it is inspired by some degree of religious scholarship and creates believable characters in a real world. That religions take demonic possessions seriously makes them more fun for us, the unpossessed.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Aug 29, 2012
    This variation on the demon child subgenre has enough of the familiar and the new to be a decently good time at the movies.
  3. 60
    With an incredible performance by young Natasha Calls and surprisingly effect direction by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch) you'll be surprised how this horror gets you just when you think you're safe.
  4. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Aug 29, 2012
    A ho-hum exorcism chiller that tries to spice up a formulaic screenplay by converting a predominantly Catholic-fixated horror subgenre to Judaism.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 5, 2012
    Is this the start of a new subgenre? Probably not – 2009's "The Unborn" traded in Jewish mysticism, too – but it's considerably creepier than it has any right to be and, to be sure, righteous rabbis can be pretty terrifying in and of themselves.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adama
    Aug 31, 2012
    Morgan and preteen dybbuk host Calis draw some pathos out of their father-daughter discord, but you can't have a possession without a soul.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Aug 29, 2012
    Remarkable only in how brazenly it embraces the tired yet proven formula that these modern ghost tales deal in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Sep 14, 2012
    I can't believe all of these negative reviews. I enjoy scary movies and this is the scariest I've seen in a while. I'm extremely impressed with how creative the director was in finding ways to make it so creepy. Yeah maybe it is just another "exorcist" movie and doesn't have a ton of crazy twists but if you want to be scared- this is the movie for you! The actors were also amazing. Expand
  2. Mar 17, 2013
    What an incredibly scary and exciting horror movie. From start to finish I was on the edge of my seat. The ending was perfect because it wasn't such a downer like most modern horror films end. The acting was also perfect and the character development was great and not rushed. Sequel? Expand
  3. Jan 9, 2013
    I can't believe that this movie has negative reviews, low critics and highly underrated! This movie really holds the meaning of horror, thank god we have a nice demon-possessing movie, YES FINALLY! Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If this movie was original for sure I would have liked more. All films are equal possessions ... A girl or boy who is possessed demon and his parents have to resort to other priests or to forfeit the devil. Expand
  5. Nov 1, 2013
    This "true story" is full of clichés, has a sprinkle of creepiness, has [some] poor animation, and has intentions to be a drama film. Full Review Coming Soon. Expand
  6. Mar 17, 2014
    It's ok but some scenes are just not necessary like when a guy starts to spit out his teeth and blood. Film is similar to the exorcist (wich is a comedy not a horror), worth watching only if you are to boring and have nothing else to do. Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2012
    I found this film very bleak. It lacked what the trailer had promised, horrifying events, and a spine-tingling feel. The film had a very basic and predictable plot, the acting i have to say was very poor and overall could possible pass for a dark comedy for avid horror fans. Expand

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