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Exorcist: The Beginning Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The scariest thing about this film is how desperate the makers are to earn a scream.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The new movie is a dusty piñata stuffed with omens and not much more.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Brutal. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that from the opening scene of bloody bodies stabbed and crucified across Kenyan soil, viewers are in for a brutal blood bath. Know that there is very graphic violence including a child being mauled by hyenas, a dead baby covered in maggots and someone slitting his throat.

  • Families can talk about violence in horror films. How much is necessary, and how much should be left to the imagination? Are films with more guts and gore scarier than more subtle films?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters are racist and misogynist -- and the film shows more vivid violence against Africans.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Sickening graphic scenes including hyenas mauling a small child and baby born dead and covered in maggots.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The beautiful doctor faces harassment, and sex and violence mix in the final showdown.

  • language false5

    Language: Not too terrible until the very end when a possessed character spews a number of profanities at once.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There's some heavy drinking.