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50
New York Daily News
Nothing fails like bad horror. But it's not despicable. It is merely boring.
50
Chicago Tribune
The movie goes too far on too little motivation - and the middle section, with its maggoty villains, roiling skies and native revolts, seems almost barmy. Yet Exorcist: Beginning does score a small victory. It's not as bad as you'd think.
50
While the fourth "Exorcist" movie may have unmitigated disaster written all over it, the finished product is somehow sort-of-kind-of not all that bad.
42
Entertainment Weekly
The new movie is a dusty piñata stuffed with omens and not much more.
40
A horror movie that starts off decently but quickly falls victim to cliché. It is, ultimately, a disappointing genre entry, and one that falls far short of the original's greatness.
38
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The devil is back in Exorcist: The Beginning, and he is more disgusting than ever. Not more scary, just really yucky, in a kind of maggots-on-a-pizza-slice way.
38
Congratulations, Renny Harlin. You've successfully exorcised all the horror out of The Exorcist.
30
The Hollywood Reporter
The scariest thing about this film is how desperate the makers are to earn a scream.
25
New York Post
The acting is serviceable at best, the direction unfocused - and the special effects and makeup cheesy-looking. This is surely the most dreary-looking film ever shot by the great Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now").
25
Premiere
It's terrible enough to torture the damned.
12
This prequel has something to appall everybody.

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