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  • Summary: Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas, who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. The Rite is a supernatural thriller thatInspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas, who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jan 27, 2011
    75
    For all the hellfire histrionics and well-timed jump scares, there is actual, admirable intellect behind The Rite.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 27, 2011
    63
    It's refreshing to find a horror movie interested in more than slashing and gashing.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 27, 2011
    60
    If it's a nonsensical patchwork quilt, it's mostly a watchable one.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 25, 2011
    40
    Michael's motivations remain arbitrary and inscrutable, right down to his entry into the seminary. This is brought up by a number of characters, who interpret his implausible career decision as A Sign. It is-of bad writing.
  5. 40
    The Rite might have been more affecting if the performances gave just a hint that its histrionics were more than just that.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 28, 2011
    25
    It's hard to deny that The Rite is guilty of sins against its audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean O\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Connell
    Jan 28, 2011
    12
    Hafstrom largely ignores the progress made by his demon-banishing predecessors and delivers a palatable PG-13 thriller that's safe, soft and sinfully cliched.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Jan 31, 2011
    10
    @ Bart...that is the best review I've ever read. I might actually go and see the movie now just to see what inspired that much appreciated comedy!!!!!
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    9
    The Amazing cast and quality performances are enough just for admission. One of the best horrors that has rightfully become a classic. TheThe Amazing cast and quality performances are enough just for admission. One of the best horrors that has rightfully become a classic. The smart, classy and petrifying horror that we all needed. Expand
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    8
    The movie centres on Michael Kovak (Oâ
  4. Mar 29, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie had me fairly bored throughout until the possession of Hopkins, who is the only redeeming quality of the film in terms of entertainment. However when the Hannibal Lector voice breaks out, I cheered. Rent it and start at about scene 20 (assuming the 24-scene format) Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2012
    5
    Hard to stretch this review to 150 characters as it can be summed up very easily. Great concept, awful movie and a waste of Anthony HopkinsHard to stretch this review to 150 characters as it can be summed up very easily. Great concept, awful movie and a waste of Anthony Hopkins time and talent. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2011
    5
    This is not bad for a retro movie.
    The characters are the old fashioned two dimensional good and evil without any motivations. At one point
    This is not bad for a retro movie.
    The characters are the old fashioned two dimensional good and evil without any motivations. At one point the evil character strikes a small child for no reason at all apart from the fact that he is evil.
    I expect more from movies now than characters are just evil or good without any logic behind it.
    The main character stays skeptical when surrounded by creepy events to the point where it actually starts to become funny.
    This would have been a good move in 1982.
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  7. Jan 28, 2015
    0
    Religião ah sim religião nem pra filme essa porcaria serve,Anthony Hopkins arrasa com sua super atuação e é tremendamente engraçado nas suasReligião ah sim religião nem pra filme essa porcaria serve,Anthony Hopkins arrasa com sua super atuação e é tremendamente engraçado nas suas quase últimas falas no filme,mas esse filme é idiota,besta,inúltil enfim igual a religião. Expand

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