(1973)

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100
Portland Oregonian
Isn't just a horror film, but an American classic. Watch again and reflect for days after -- at your own risk.
100
Charlotte Observer
Classically scary.
100
Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker.
91
Here, in paranoid, bad acid trip form, is the real birth of girl power.
90
This edition of the seminal example of genre sensationalism refined by the cream of Hollywood craftsmanship is more complicated than a standard director's cut.
90
Film.com
The best thing about the new Exorcist is the spiffed-up soundtrack.
88
San Francisco Examiner
The amazing thing about the film, for anyone who hasn't had an intentional Hollywood scare lately, is that it still delivers on the most visceral level
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.
80
A museum piece, something to be enjoyed for its historical value.
40
11 minutes longer than the original, and 11 minutes worse.

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