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Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore ... see more see more... , Joshua Close , Kenneth Welsh , Duncan Fraser , JR Bourne , Mary Beth Hurt , Henry Czerny , Shohreh Aghdashloo , Aaron Douglas , Ken Welsh , Josh Close

In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19-year-old college freshman. A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who pe... read more read more...rformed the exorcism that resulted in the girl's death.

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DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005

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  • October 7, 2011
    Wilkinson and Linney's dynamic performances are the reason to see this melodramatic if typical exorcism piece, he as the anxious priest attempting to fit medieval beliefs into skeptical modern times and she as the atheist legal eagle he needs most to convince. Not boring.
  • October 1, 2011
    Starring Jennifer Carpenter as the title character, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is 25% courtroom drama, 25% psychological horror, 25% supernatural mystery, and 25% rip-off of THE SIXTH SENSE.

    It isn't the most original film, as it seems like an homage to previous demonic, exorcis... read morem-related films (i.e. THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST); but that is made up for by the suspenseful cinematographic experience, the ingeniously-tackled camera angles, the solid performances by actors such as Tom Wilkinson and Campbell Scott, and the flummoxing plot of the entire feature.

    That said, this is not a film I would watch again; but it was not one of those cases when I've wanted to raise torches and pitchforks for "PG-13 horror", because this proved that a PG-13 rating does not automatically make a horror movie dull and stupid.
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    September 26, 2011
    Don't really remember seeing this, that might say alot about the quality of the film. I do remember that the possessed scenes weren't that cheesy, so that's a positive at least.
  • July 8, 2011
    Second best exorcism flick ever made! In the first place, of course, you'll find the 1973 cult phenomenon The Exorcist. What may be interesting to know though is that there's a true story behind this, that also became the inspiration for said classic. It is by many believe... read mored to be genuine, and as someone with personal experience of the supernatural, I have to admit that I'm a believer as well. Anyway, aside from the real-life mysteries upon which it is founded, this is a horror film that really hits the mark. Jennifer Carpenter is exceptionally convincing and there's creepiness in the plenty that will have your nerves working overtime. Expect your electrical bill to go up a tad, if you catch my drift. Because this is one movie you don't wanna be watching alone in a dark room. That's what I did, and I'm deeply regretting it now.
  • February 23, 2011
    People keep comparing this movie to 'The Exorcist', and judge that this one aint spooky enough. But this is not meant to be a spooky horror flick, in fact it is more like Exorcist, the novel, in terms of giving alternate explanations- religious and scientific- for every thing hap... read morepening to Emily. (Something which was omitted in the movie version of The Exorcist)
    In the end, movie leaves it to the audience's discretion to believe or not in the stories about demons and exorcism.
  • January 29, 2011
    It was a little better than I thought. It was nice that it was a court movie and a horror movie in one. A little different. Not just brainless horror. It's a horror movie that lets you use you'r brain. And for gets a extra half star. Jennifer Carpenter does a pretty goo... read mored job. And just like in another exorcism movie that I'm not gonna mention by name...The face of evil makes a guest apperance
  • January 25, 2011
    People are calling this a horror film. I disagree. There are horror elements to it but it dominantly a courtroom drama...and an excellent one at that. There are some remarkable performances in this and some great back and forth during the courtrooms scenes. I really dug this ... read morefilm.
  • December 27, 2010
    part horror, part court room drama, and entirely excellent. this is easily one of the best horror films of its generation. excellent performances from linney, wilkinson, and scott, wonderful cinematography, and well crafted editing. the film creates an awareness of the battle ... read morebetween good and evil in a way paralleled by few films, and the feeling i was left with at the end of the film was one that i would do well to remember.
  • November 18, 2010
    Much like the original exorcist in it's vivid representation of demonic possession, but taking on the modern view of religious fervor versus reality. Carpenter is excellent as always, and Wilkinson, though a good choice compared with Max von Sydow, makes a strange illusion in the... read more court room scenes.
  • October 31, 2010
    THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE,has drama,horror and thrills and is really a courtroom drama at its core. It's a case of faith, and whether or not you believe in angels and demons, this film asks a lot of good questions: based on a true story,you have to ask yourself "what do you beli... read moreeve?"

Critic Reviews

Richard Roeper
September 12, 2005
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Very scary stuff. And as a courtroom drama, very effective. Full Review

Stephen Hunter
September 9, 2005
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

There's no green vomit and nobody's head ever rotates a full 360; we stay in the natural world and never enter a movie world, and that makes the movie a lot better. Full Review

Claudia Puig
September 9, 2005
Claudia Puig, USA Today

The performances are topnotch. Full Review

Peter Howell
September 9, 2005
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

This is a horror movie, for once, which really wants us to use our heads. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
September 9, 2005
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

As courtroom drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose works effectively; as a scarefest, it misses the mark. But the performances stick with you, particularly that of Linney, who has an elegant steeliness. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
September 9, 2005
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie. Full Review

Peter Travers
September 9, 2005
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Director and co-writer Scott Derrickson thinks he's not ripping off the 1973 Exorcist, presumably because his effects are too tacky to work up a scare or a convincing case for possession.

Roger Moore
September 9, 2005
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

As horror, it's only mildly chilling. As anything more serious, it's half-hearted and intellectually not up to the challenge, great cast or no. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
September 9, 2005
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

This isn't a movie. It's a miscarriage of cinema. Full Review

Lou Lumenick
September 9, 2005
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

The most frightening thing about The Exorcism of Emily Rose is how three Oscar-nominated actors were talked into working with Scott Dietrickson, writer-director of the direct-to-video Hellraiser: Infe...

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    • Emily Rose: I choose to stay....
    • Father Richard Moore: In the end, Good will triumph over Evil through my experience. People will know that demons are real. People say that God is dead but how can they think that if I show them the Devil.
    • Emily Rose: And I am Lucifer, the Devil in the flesh.
    • Emily Rose: [in Latin, possessed] Think you can force me out, priest? Try it. I dare you.
    • Emily Rose: [Posessed] GET AWAY FROM ME!
    • Emily Rose: Jason, please don't leave me!
    • Emily Rose: [possessed] We are the ones who dwell within.

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