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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The Devil Inside joins a long, woozy-camera parade of found-footage scare pictures, among them "The Blair Witch Project," the "Paranormal Activity" films and certain wedding videos that won't go away.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Never gets off the ground, trotting out the same predictable twisting heads and psycho-babble without a whiff of originality or discernible visual flair. As a result, the would-be thriller proves as scary and unsettling as a slab of devil's food cake - only considerably less satisfying.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Clark Collis

    While this religio-horror effort does contain some nice scares, and a memorably unnerving turn from Crowley, The Devil Inside's biggest shock arrives when it abruptly ends - just as it hits its stride. The result is a found-footage movie whose third act remains missing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Fake documentary about exorcisms has gore, strong scares.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Devil Inside is a graphic demon possession/exorcist movie presented in fake-documentary style -- much like The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, or The Last Exorcism. It pretends to be real and has a website that viewers can visit to find out more about the "victims" and their stories. Expect lots of scary and disturbing sequences (especially one that shows a possessed priest trying to drown a baby), jump-out-of-your-seat shocks, heavy blood, and dead bodies. There's also strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), some innuendo and sexual banter, and cigarette smoking in one scene.

  • Families can talk about The Devil Inside's violence. Is all of it scary? Is it necessary to the story?
  • Does the movie seem real? If so, what gives it that quality? Why do you think the "fake documentary" format is popular?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Two young priests try to help people whom the church can't or won't help. To do this, they're breaking the rules, though they continually weigh the pros and cons of their actions.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character doesn't do much; she's mainly interested in helping her mother. But two young priests who perform unsanctioned exorcisms argue that they're helping suffering people whom the church has ignored.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: In the most shocking sequence, a possessed priest tries to drown a baby during a baptism. Also lots of dead bodies and bloody wounds; a man shoots himself in the face on camera. There are scary, disturbing scenes with screaming, sudden shocks and violence. Possessed characters are twisted up like pretzels. A violent car crash is shown from inside the car. A possessed woman is shown to be bleeding from her vagina.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some sexual banter and innuendo. A man on the street "checks out" the heroine as she walks by.

  • language false4

    Language: "F--k" is used about half a dozen times. "C--k" appears once in subtitles; other language includes "c--t," "s--t," "hell," "oh my God" (as an exclamation), and derogatory homosexual slurs. In terms of religious discussion and exorcisms, God and Jesus Christ are mentioned several times.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A priest is seen smoking a cigarette in one scene. Another priest is shown with a glass of wine.