(1973)

Critic Reviews

82

Metascore

Based on 24 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker.
100
Chicago Tribune
Re-released now in a digitally enhanced, sonically improved and slightly longer version, the movie is even better than it was in 1973.
100
Charlotte Observer
Classically scary.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Here, in paranoid, bad acid trip form, is the real birth of girl power.
89
Mr. Showbiz
It's shlock, yes, but at least it's highbrow shlock.
88
USA Today
Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
88
Chicago Sun-Times
Was and is a brilliant horror film, one with an archetypal ability to reach and disturb us. If I were showing The Exorcist to a friend, I would show the 1973 version without the slightest hesitation.
88
Miami Herald
The Exorcist has lost none of its ability to invade your nightmares.
80
Rolling Stone
There's something elemental about The Exorcist, even with the new hopeful ending that betrays the bleak original.
75
New York Daily News
The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.

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