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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 that uncovers the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jan 27, 2011
    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
    It's refreshing to find a horror movie interested in more than slashing and gashing.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 27, 2011
    If it's a nonsensical patchwork quilt, it's mostly a watchable one.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 25, 2011
    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.
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    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
    It's hard to deny that The Rite is guilty of sins against its audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean O\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Connell
    Jan 28, 2011
    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: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Jan 31, 2011
    @ 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. Jun 4, 2011
    This film was always going to divide opinion. It's hard to tackle religion, theology and the prospect of demons and angels without arguments breaking out between believers and nonbelievers. As one who saw the film seeking entertainment and diversion - I can say I found it immensely entertaining. Indeed, I'm really quite astonished at just how violently the critics are canning this. The mood is excellent, the setting is divine, the cinematography immersive and the characters well rounded and believable. In addition, the demonic possession scenes don't stoop to spinning heads and climbing on ceilings to enhance the scare, but rely also upon well written dialogue which tends to be as thought provoking as it is mildly disturbing. Hopkins is magnificent, as per usual. All in all, it's probably the best movie of it's kind I've ever seen, critics be damned (if you'll pardon the pun). Go see it! Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2011
    Don't know why the critics said that this movie was bad-performed and clichéd... I've just seen it and... well, Anthony Hopkins is, whether you like or not, a machine-gun in your head shooting all the time. In this movie you have the possibility to see him in every role you can imagine: sad, happy, mad, good, bad, evil incarnated, the best of the angels of God... God himself... don't know... whatever you want, each kind of character in the same role... this is what I've expected from Anthony. This great jobs he made me get accustomed to. The new one star, Colin O'Donoghue, not bad actually, but I was looking for him to react in a lot of scenes, but he didn't let his feeling command himself, is like when a stone is expected to crash, a bomb expected to blow it all, but it doesn't... I can see potential on him but... he need to improve a little. The movie itself has a good script, storytelling, fluently carried. The relation between personal stuff (Colin's character past and so on...) and the present (relation to Father Lucas= Hopkins, and exorcisms, the actual argument where you are put in the entire movie) is one of the greatest I've ever seen, fluent an well-mixed. Good job for me. Don't follow the trends. As I always say. Expand
  4. Mar 29, 2011
    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
    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 Hopkins time and talent. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2011
    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.
  7. Jan 29, 2011
    By half way through the film I was ready to start worshiping Satan if he would bring the film to an end quicker. What a waste of a talented actor on a real stinker of a script. If I had to point a finger at the cause on this piece of crud, it would be at the writer. Expand

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